Clash or Convergence of Capitalisms: Property Conflicts over Chinese Direct Investments in Germany and the European Union


This project aims to analyse ownership conflicts arising from Chinese direct investments in Germany and the EU. The expansion of Chinese corporations, which are heavily controlled and (partially) owned by the Chinese state, invites responses from industrial policymakers and especially those in Germany. The project uses a mixed-methods design to investigate acquisitions within the German metal and electronics industries, alongside paradigmatic case studies of direct investments that have shaped industrial policy in Germany and across the EU.

A network analysis examines the ownership structures of Chinese corporate networks and investments, while an accompanying policy analysis focuses on the ‘Industry Strategy 2030’.

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