Chinese Investment, Infrastructure and Influence in Europe: The Global Context

With increased economic strength, China is taking on a more visible role in global affairs. China’s infrastructure ambitions are manifested globally in its Belt and Road Initiative and in Europe through bilateral deals as well as the 16+1 cooperation format with East and Central European countries. With investments in ports, railways and roads, the Chinese state forges partnerships and dependencies with governments in Europe and around the world.

To what extent do these measures promote legitimate needs to enhance global connectivity? How do they strengthen China’s political influence? How should Europe respond to China’s investment drive?

In light of these questions, Dr. Matt Ferchen, nonresident scholar at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, will discuss the motives, implications and global context of China’s investments at the Stockholm Free World Forum on May 16th. The roundtable will be moderated by Dr. Oscar Jonsson, acting director of SFWF.

TIME: May 16th, 12:00-13:00. Lunch will be served 11:30.
LOCATION: Kungsgatan 60, Stockholm.
REGISTRATION: Mandatory pre-registration at our website.
Please note that this is a personal invitation and that this is a closed event.

Dr. Matt Ferchen is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy where he runs the China and the Developing World Program. Ferchen is part of the Public Intellectual Program sponsored by the National Committee on United States-China Relations. His work has appeared in numerous media publications such as Foreign AffairsCaijingThe DiplomatEL PAÍS, and Phoenix Weekly, as well as in academic publications such as the Review of International Political Economy and the Chinese Journal of International Politics. He received his Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.


This event is organized in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm.

Datum och tid:
Den 16 maj 2019 12.00 – 13.00
Your registration is binding.
In case of absence without notice, we charge 100 SEK.
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