Orchestration: China’s Economic Statecraft across Asia and Europe

Speaker
Prof. James Reilly
Event date
Event time
10:00 - 11:00
Venue
University of Oxford China Centre - via Microsoft Teams
Online
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Online
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

In this talk, James Reilly will discuss his new book on China’s economic statecraft. Drawing on extensive field research, Orchestration traces the origins, operations and effectiveness of Beijing’s economic statecraft across Asia and Europe.

China’s unique experience as a planned economy, and then a developmental state, all under a single Leninist party, left Chinese leaders with unchallenged authority over their economy. However, despite successfully mobilizing companies, banks and local officials to rapidly expand trade and investment abroad, Chinese leaders largely failed to influence key policy decisions overseas.

Economic engagement with China thus yields more benefits with fewer costs than generally assumed. Orchestration concludes by placing China in comparative perspective, laying the foundation for a new research field: comparative economic statecraft.

James Reilly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.