“Chinese Direct Investment in Europe: Economic Opportunities and Political Challenges”

Sophie Meunier
Publication Date: 
July 1st, 2019

Over the past decade, China has become one of the largest senders of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world, including in the European Union (EU). Why did this rapid surge happen and how did European countries react politically to this new phenomenon, which some have presented as unprecedented and even dangerous? After surveying the recent evolution of Chinese FDI in Europe, this chapter analyzes the match between Chinese demand for European assets and European supply of assets after the outbreak of the euro crisis. The last section considers the political challenges raised in Europe by the rapid and ubiquitous rise of Chinese FDI and some of the policy responses to these challenges.

This chapter appears in Ka Zeng, ed., Handbook of the International Political Economy of China (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019), pp. 98-112.