Event Recap

Are Chinese Investments Too Risky for Europe?

December 4, 2023

A formal debate of scholars and experts at the Andrássy Salon

In the past two decades, Chinese entities have invested heavily in Europe, financing and buying stakes in European ports, airports, energy production, farms, and chemical enterprises, including in strategic industries or infrastructures. Europe—and within it Hungary—is ramping up its production of electric vehicle components primarily with Chinese involvement. However, such investments mostly have the Chinese Communist Party at the helm. Should concerns regarding national security or political, social, and environmental risks warrant heavier scrutiny in Europe, or do the economic benefits prevail over the risks?

On November 30, 2023, Common Sense Society–Hungary in collaboration with the Milestone Institute organized a formal debate about the motion:

“Risks of major Chinese investments in Europe outweigh the benefits.”

Debated for the motion:

  • Dr. Ágnes Szunomár, associate professor at Corvinus University of Budapest, researcher at the Institute of World Economics within the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungary
  • Dr. Eric Hendriks, sociologist, researcher on Chinese political thought, fellow at the Danube Institute

Debated against the motion:

  • Dr. Levente Horváth, former diplomat, founding director of the Eurasia Center of the John von Neumann University, Hungary
  • Mr. David Morris, diplomat and advisor, senior fellow at the Center for China and Globalization

The debate was moderated by Mr. Róbert Panyi, consultant at the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency.

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