Yale Symposium Explores Impacts Of Chinese Overseas Investment

Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles and events posted prior to July 1, 2020 refer to the School's name at that time.

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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:

  • What are the environmental and social aspects of overseas investment?
  • How can Chinese investment play a significant role in promoting sustainable development?
  • What is the new national strategy to fund BRICS Bank, AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Development Bank), and Silk Road Fund? And how does the U.S. perceive such change of landscape in development field?
The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street. Breakfast and lunch will be served. It will conclude with a reception.

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Speakers include:

· 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.