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Beyond the ‘China threat’: Chinese investments in Eastern Europe and the reorganisation of global capitalism

6 pm, online

Panel discussion on Eastern Europe's entanglement into Chinese capital, moderated by Lela Rekhviashvili

Since the early 2010s there has been an unprecedented rise in Chinese investments in Europe. Although the lion’s share of Chinese direct investment goes to Western Europe, Chinese investments and political-economic engagement in Eastern Europe has attracted the most attention. Mainstream accounts have depicted East European peripheries as China’s “Trojan horse”, a fertile ground for China’s “authoritarian advance” and “divide and rule” strategies that could lead to new fissures within Europe and geopolitical dependence. Based on case studies of Chinese investments in Hungary and Serbia, this panel discussion will look behind the “China threat” narrative, and attempt to contextualize Chinese investments in Eastern Europe as part of a broader global reorganization of capitalism and corresponding shifts in hegemonic power.


  •  Linda Szabó (Central European University, Budapest)
  •  Aleksandar Matković (Institute for Economic Sciences, Belgrad)
  •  Tamás Gerőcs (University of Binghamton, New York)

The discussion will be moderated by our IfL colleague Lela Rekhviashvili

The panel discussion on 14 October at 6 pm is the second event of a four part series called "30 years into the ‘transition’: East European New Left Perspectives", organised by the Transnational Institute (TNI).

Further information

TNI website