China’s Development Projects in the Global South:
Economic and political consequences
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs, University of Göttingen & Kiel Institute of Economics
Thursday, 19th January 2023
Presence: Hörsaal 301, Franziskanergasse 1
Online: Webex ( Link)
China’s development projects around the world are rapidly gaining importance. Many observers see this development as a threat to international development finance, which has so far been dominated by the US, Europe and Japan. Others praise Beijing for the great development opportunities that have emerged. This talk will provide an overview of recent research on China’s international development projects, as summarised in the book Banking on Beijing, published by Cambridge University Press in May 2022. We will explore the following questions: What determines the scale of Chinese development assistance and other government infrastructure projects? In which countries, provinces and sectors is China particularly active and why? What impact do Beijing’s development activities have on growth, good governance, conflict and other development indicators in recipient countries? What geopolitical challenges does this pose for Europe?
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs is Professor of Development Economics, Director of the Centre for Modern East Asian Studies (CeMEAS) and Director of the Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research at the University of Göttingen. He is also a researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, where he heads the Kiel Institute China Initiative. His research examines trade, investment and development policies using quantitative methods and a special focus on China and other emerging economies. Prof. Fuchs also analyses the political economy of natural disasters, humanitarian crises and non-militarised conflicts. Prior to his appointment at Göttingen University, he was a professor at Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg and at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (2018-2019), an academic assistant at Heidelberg University (2013-2018) and a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University (2012-2013). He defended his PhD at the University of Göttingen in August 2012. Prof. Fuchs holds master’s degrees from Goethe University Frankfurt and Université Paris-Dauphine. He has also worked as a consultant for the Bertelsmann Foundation, the European Commission and the OECD.