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Chinese investments abroad: examining the spillover effects in Eastern and Central Europe

Bala Ramasamy (China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, China)
Matthew Yeung (School of Business Administration, Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Journal of Business Strategy

ISSN: 0275-6668

Article publication date: 30 August 2019

Issue publication date: 8 June 2020



Chinese investments abroad are being scrutinized more stringently because host governments fear that Chinese companies would steal domestically grown technology and know-how or be duped into a debt trap. The purpose of this paper is to provide a narrative of Chinese investments in a region that is neither developed nor underdeveloped – Central and Eastern Europe. The authors aim to provide an alternative view of Chinese investments abroad.


The authors base their narrative on face-to-face semi-structured interviews with eight Chinese firms that carried out mergers and acquisition activities in the region.


The respondents claim that they saved companies and jobs in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Access to the China market and elsewhere has increased as a result of these investments. Transfer of technology has gone both ways depending on which partner had superior technology.

Research limitations/implications

It is important that Chinese investors emphasize the positive spillover effects from their investments, such as jobs saved, potential technology transfer and increased exports, when applying for FDI approval from host governments. Host governments, on the other hand, should evaluate each Chinese investment on its individual merits.


There is little that has been researched on the contributions of FDI from developing countries to host economies. This paper is an early attempt in this direction.



This research study is funded by the Economic Research Institute of Central and Eastern Europe (ERICEE).


Ramasamy, B. and Yeung, M. (2020), "Chinese investments abroad: examining the spillover effects in Eastern and Central Europe", Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 41 No. 4, pp. 29-38.



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