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‘Trends in Chinese ODI in Europe: A New Stage?’

2 May 2015

The EU-Asia Centre and the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) invite you to a panel discussion on ‘Trends in Chinese ODI in Europe: A New Stage?’ at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, from 1100-1230 on 19 May.

After a slow start Chinese outward direct investment (ODI) is increasingly rapidly in the EU. In 2014, total investment reached a record level of $18bn. This figure included major deals in Italy’s energy sector, in British real estate and infrastructure sectors, and in Portugal’s financial sector. Under current trends the 2014 figure could be doubled this year.

But why the sudden surge in Chinese ODI? Is the trend sustainable? How can European companies take advantage? What are the implications for the EU as it seeks to agree a new investment treaty with China?

To discuss these topics we have invited a mix of Chinese and EU experts, officials and entrepreneurs for a panel discussion. 

To register for the event please send an email to


11:00 Panel chaired by Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Asia Centre

Xufeng (Jess) JIA, Research Fellow, EU-Asia Centre

Duncan FREEMAN, Senior Research Fellow, BICCS, VUB

Antonio PARENTI, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Trade

Wen Jun CHOU, Managing Director, SERES Group

Representative from the Chinese Mission (TBC)

12:00 Q and A

12:30 Close