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Pull factors for Chinese FDI in East Central Europe

Agnes Szunomar ()
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Agnes Szunomar: Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

No 249, IWE Working Papers from Institute for World Economics - Centre for Economic and Regional Studies

Abstract: Chinese companies have increasingly targeted East Central European (ECE) countries in the past one and a half decades. This development is quite a new phenomenon but not an unexpected one. On one hand, the transformation of the global economy and the restructuring of China’s economy are responsible for growing Chinese interest in the developed world, including the European Union. On the other hand, ECE countries have also become more open to Chinese business opportunities, especially after the global economic and financial crisis with the intention of decreasing their economic dependency on Western (European) markets. In ECE, China can benefit a lot from the EU’s core and peripheral type of division. For China, the region represents dynamic, largely developed, less saturated markets, new frontiers for export expansion, new entry points to Europe and cheap but qualified labour. This adds up to less political expectations, less economic complaints, less protectionist barriers and less national security concerns in the ECE region compared to the Western European neighbours.

Keywords: FDI; internationalisation; Chinese MNEs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F21 F23 O53 P33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2018-11
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