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WORKSHOP: “China and the contestation of the liberal economic order”

Jun 03, 2021 - Jun 04, 2021

Workshop organizers:
Tanja A. Börzel (Freie Universität Berlin)
Julia Langbein (Centre for East European and international Studies, Berlin)

China has intensified its economic engagement with countries around the world over the past two dec-ades, even more so since the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013 (Autor et al. 2013, Acemoglu et al. 2016, Horn et al. 2019). So far, China’s trade links and capital flows concentrate on Africa, Asia and Latin America (Dreher et al. 2019; Eichenauer et al. 2020). However, China’s growing influence in Eastern Europe is increasingly acknowledged (Matura 2019). What are the implications of China’s rise to an economic and technological global power for the future of the liberal economic order? When and under what conditions will China act as a partner, a competitor or a systemic rival promoting an alter-native model of economic governance (to use the terminology of a 2019 EU strategic outlook paper)? What are the development effects of China’s economic engagement in terms of trade, aid and invest-ments both abroad and domestically?

While Europe’s political debate about a realistic and pragmatic assessment of China’s role as a global power is still nascent, the scholarly debate is more advanced. Existing scholarship reveals that China’s contestation of the liberal economic order varies (Weinhart and ten Brink 2019). The effect of China’s engagement on economic development is equally differential (Dreher et al 2020)

The workshop will take place online on 28 May an 3 and 4 June 2021. The number of participants in the workshop is limited. Applications for participation could be submitted in advance. Below you may find the workshop program.