Norway-Asia Business Review - - Foreword -

China in­vests its sav­ings sur­plus abroad, E. buy­ing for­eign com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing uro­pean ones.

One op­tion when op­er­at­ing in Europe is to do so through the Euro­pean Union c. (EU), which can be cum­ber­some and time on­sum­ing.

A se­cond op­tion is to deal with in­di­vid­ual mem­ber states. Their trans­fer of sovereignty to the EU, how­ever, lim­its the room of s. ma­noeu­vre, and it is not in China’s in­ter­est to ow dis­cord within the EU.

Europe weighs the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits of Chi­nese in­vest­ments against threats to jobs and loss of own­er­ship. Mem­ber states may wel­come in­vest­ment projects, but there are s. com­mon EU poli­cies in place to main­tain ol­i­dar­ity and limit risks to their se­cu­rity.

The Euro­pean ex­pe­ri­ence may be use­ful for South­east Asian coun­tries and ASEAN to con­sider. The ar­ti­cle is sourced from ISEAS Per­spec­tives: https://www.iseas.edu.sg. Jør­gen Ørstrøm Møller is a Vis­it­ing Se­nior Fel­low, ISEAS Yusof Ishak In­sti­tute, Sin­ga­pore. He is also an Ad­junct Pro­fes­sor at Sin­ga­pore Man­age­ment Univer­sity and Copen­hagen Busi­ness School and mem­ber of the Hon­orary Alumni, Univer­sity of Copen­hagen, Den­mark.

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