China: Rescuer or Rival?

The rise of China to an economic superpower poses a strategic dilemma for European governments. The 1.4 billion-people empire in the Far East has become an indispensable part of its economy, as a sales market as well as an investor. But with an increasingly bitter trade war between the US and China, Europe is finding itself caught in the middle without a clear and united policy on how it deals with Chinese investment.

September 2019

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The rise of China to an economic superpower poses a strategic dilemma for European governments. The 1.4 billion-people empire in the Far East has become an indispensable part of its economy, as a sales market as well as an investor. But with an increasingly bitter trade war between the US and China, Europe is finding itself caught in the middle without a clear and united policy on how it deals with Chinese investment.

For this, the Chinese in Europe wisely exploit the failures of our governments and actually help regions and countries in need. Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the European Union has increased by almost 50 times in only eight years.

But to what extent is this economic interdependence used by the Chinese government to serve, not only economic but also geostrategic purposes, buying political influence through investment.

As Chinese globalisation continues apace, IE asks, is this good for Europe or does it come at too high a price?

IE reporters travelled Europe from Portugal up to the nordic outskirts of Norwegian Kirkenes and found answers that might contradict a few of your expectations.

Stay tuned for publications from all over Europe in the coming weeks.

China eyes Norway as first port of call in Europe on ‘Arctic Silk Road’
What do you get if you mix a fervent mayor, a shipping pioneer, a melting Arctic, China’s interests and the world’s third-largest container company? Plans for an “Arctic Rotterdam” in Kirkenes, northern Norway. IE member Ingeborg Eliassen travelled north to find out more.
Read her article: China eyes Norway as first port of call in Europe on ‘Arctic Silk Road’


Don’t speak out!
Part of our investigation on Chinese investors in Europe looked at how China is silencing critics of its human rights violations (labelled as “internal affairs”) through economic and political pressure – even in Europe.
IE member Nico Schmidt documented how politicians get unpleasant visits, how minorities are spied on and how CEOs of global companies have to bow to pressure.
Read the article: Don’t speak out!


Europe’s Hypocrisy
During the euro crisis, EU governments put pressure on countries such as Greece and Portugal to sell critical infrastructure to Chinese companies – and now preach the opposite.
Read the op-ed by IE member Paulo Pena on this hypocrisy – and his related scoop on the shady circumstances of the sale of Portuguese electricity companies to Chinese investors.

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Publications

  This article is more than 3 years old Europe needs China’s billions. But does it know the price?
This article is more than 3 years old Europe needs China’s billions. But does it know the price?

The Guardian, UK

26 November 2019

Forskere frykter for etikk og sensur i samarbeid med Kina
Forskere frykter for etikk og sensur i samarbeid med Kina

Bergens Tidende, Norway

13 November 2019

Le jeu de go de la Chine autour des ports européens
Le jeu de go de la Chine autour des ports européens

Mediapart, France

21 November 2019

UiB får kritikk for bånd til omstridt kinesisk språkinstitutt
UiB får kritikk for bånd til omstridt kinesisk språkinstitutt

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

21 November 2019

Forskere frykter for etikk og sensur i samarbeid med Kina
Forskere frykter for etikk og sensur i samarbeid med Kina

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

6 November 2019

Prisen for å handle med Kina: Ingen provokasjoner
Prisen for å handle med Kina: Ingen provokasjoner

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

1 November 2019

Sagen Sie jetzt nichts!
Sagen Sie jetzt nichts!

der Freitag, Germany

24 October 2019

Kina kjøper seg opp – og splitter Europa
Kina kjøper seg opp – og splitter Europa

Bergens Tidende, Norway

23 October 2019

Kinesere kommer: Norge på topp fem i Europa når kinesere skal investere
Kinesere kommer: Norge på topp fem i Europa når kinesere skal investere

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

23 October 2019

Ordfører: Kirkenes kan bli som Singapore og Rotterdam.
Ordfører: Kirkenes kan bli som Singapore og Rotterdam.

Bergens Tidende, Norway

21 October 2019

Kina har Norge på sin «arktiske silkevei»
Kina har Norge på sin «arktiske silkevei»

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

21 October 2019

Alle veier skal føre til Beijing. Det er også en klimatrussel
Alle veier skal føre til Beijing. Det er også en klimatrussel

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

20 October 2019

Bergens Tidende Åpne Kina bygger halvparten av verdens havner, broer, jernbaner og veier
Bergens Tidende Åpne Kina bygger halvparten av verdens havner, broer, jernbaner og veier

Bergens Tidende, Norway

18 October 2019

Kina vil bygge Norge
Kina vil bygge Norge

Adresseavisen, Norway

17 October 2019

Kina vil bygge fergefri E39 – og resten av Norge
Kina vil bygge fergefri E39 – og resten av Norge

Bergens Tidende, Norway

17 October 2019

Kina vil bygge Norge
Kina vil bygge Norge

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

17 October 2019

 Un terminal alla volta: il dominio di Pechino nei porti dell’Europa
Un terminal alla volta: il dominio di Pechino nei porti dell’Europa

Il Fatto Quotidiano, Italy

16 October 2019

The China dilemma
The China dilemma

Rheinpfalz, Germany

13 October 2019

Exclusivo "Portugal é uma porta de entrada para o nosso investimento na Europa"
Exclusivo "Portugal é uma porta de entrada para o nosso investimento na Europa"

Diário de Notícias, Portugal

30 September 2019

Exclusivo Augusto Santos Silva: "Somos parceiros, mas não somos aliados"
Exclusivo Augusto Santos Silva: "Somos parceiros, mas não somos aliados"

Diário de Notícias, Portugal

28 September 2019

China: parceiro ou rival da Europa?
China: parceiro ou rival da Europa?

Diário de Notícias, Portugal

28 September 2019

Hoe Europa reageert op het groeiend aantal Chinese  investeringen
Hoe Europa reageert op het groeiend aantal Chinese investeringen

Trends, Belgium

26 September 2019

Chiny już tu są i bez skrupułów wykorzystują ekonomiczną siłę do nacisków politycznych
Chiny już tu są i bez skrupułów wykorzystują ekonomiczną siłę do nacisków politycznych

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland

23 September 2019

Relazioni pericolose: gli affari e i ricatti politici e diplomatici
Relazioni pericolose: gli affari e i ricatti politici e diplomatici

Il Fatto Quotidiano, Italy

18 September 2019

La lunga mano del Dragone: dove finiscono i 300 miliardi dei cinesi
La lunga mano del Dragone: dove finiscono i 300 miliardi dei cinesi

Il Fatto Quotidiano, Italy

18 September 2019

China: Der gefürchtete Partner
China: Der gefürchtete Partner

Der Tagesspiegel, Germany

16 September 2019

Das China-Dilemma
Das China-Dilemma

Republik, Switzerland

16 September 2019