November 30, 2023| Member Event | Budapest, Hungary

Are Major Chinese Investments Too Risky for Europe?


A formal debate 


In the past two decades, Chinese entities have invested heavily in Europe, financing as well as 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?


Debate Motion: Risks of major Chinese investments in Europe outweigh the benefits


Debating 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

Debating 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 will be moderated by Mr. Róbert Panyi, consultant at the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency.


This event is organized in collaboration with the Milestone Institute


Event Overview

Join us on Thursday, November 30 at the CSS Andrássy Salon for a formal debate on whether the risks of major Chinese investments in Europe outweigh the benefits. 

Gates open at 6:00 P.M., and the program will commence at 6:30 P.M. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served following the formal part of the evening.


This event is for members of Common Sense Society and invitees of the Milestone Institue. Not a member yet? Consider becoming a member of Common Sense Society–Hungary. If this is your first event at CSS and want to get to know us, you are welcome to join for a teaser.


Andrássy Salon
Andrássy út 6. Floor 1 Apt 5
1061 Budapest, Hungary

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