Since 2005 China has invested nearly $900 billion overseas, the majority of it in the developing world. In recent years this investment has increasingly shifted from developing to developed regions, including in North America and Europe. These financial flows have far-reaching legal, political, economic, environmental, and social implications.
On Saturday, April 4, the Yale Symposium on Chinese Overseas Investment and its Environmental and Social Impacts will explore the relationship between China’s overseas investment and the impacts — both negative and positive — on natural resources, particularly in the forestry, minerals, water, and energy sectors. By convening key actors from academia, public and private sectors, event organizers will facilitate knowledge sharing that can steer Chinese overseas investment toward stronger environmental and social governance.
The panelists will explore several questions, including:
· Charles Tang, Chairman of the Brazil-China Chamber of Industry & Commerce
· David H. Shinn, Adjunct Professor, George Washington University; Former U.S. Ambassador in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso
· Deborah Davis, Professor of Sociology, Yale University
· Jingjing Zhang, Environmental public interest lawyer, Yale World Fellow
· Larry Jiang, Environmental specialist, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
· Rodney Irwin, Managing Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
· Xiaoyang Tang, Professor, Tsinghua University
· Zhihong Zhang, Senior Program Coordinator, the World Bank
The panel discussions will be moderated by F&ES professors Brad Gentry, Daniel Esty and Marian Chertow.