Lecture: The Aims and Impacts of China’s Overseas Development Program

Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs

This public lecture will be held in English on 23/11/2022 from 5pm to 6pm at the East Asia Institute in Ludwigshafen am Rhein. No registration required.


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 been dominated by the United States, Europe, and Japan. Others praise Beijing for the great development opportunities that have emerged. This lecture will provide an overview of recent research on China’s international development projects, as summarized 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 China’s development assistance and other government infrastructure projects? In which countries, provinces, and sectors are China particularly active and why? What is the impact of Beijing’s development activities on growth, good governance, conflict, and other development indicators in recipient countries? What geopolitical challenges does this pose for Europe?


Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs
University Göttingen
Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Short Biography

Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs is a 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 leads the Kiel Institute China Initiative. His research examines trade, investment, and development policies using quantitative methods and a particular focus on China and other emerging markets. Prof. Fuchs also analyzes the political economy of natural disasters, humanitarian crises, and non-militarized conflicts. Before his appointment at Göttingen University, he was a professor at Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (2018-2019), an academic fellow at Heidelberg University (2013-2018), and a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University (2012-2013). He defended his Ph.D. 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.

Event location

Rheinpromenade 12
67061 Ludwigshafen

This public lecture will take place in the room “Tokyo” on the 1st floor of our institute. No registration required.


Prof. Dr. Barbara Darimont
Head of the China study focus
Chairperson of the Vereins zur Förderung des Ostasieninstituts e.V.
Mail: darimont@oai.de

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