Chinese Global Engagement Abroad: Changing Social, Economic, and Political Configurations


5 - 6 July 2019 (Hong Kong time, GMT +8)
Council Chamber, 7/F, Lift 13-15, Academic Building, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

There has been significant expansion and globalization of Chinese capital, people, and ideas since the early 2000s. The Chinese government’s “going out” (zou chuqu) policy and more recent Belt and Road Initiative reflect a domestic context of capital over-accumulation, an attempt to ensure adequate supply of raw materials and energy, as well as interest in fostering the global competitiveness of its enterprises. Flows of capital, people, and ideas from China have not only increased, but also greatly diversified over the last two decades to reach fields as diverse as energy, trade, transport, media, education, finance, and so on. If China’s global imprint has been most prominent in the economic or geo-economic fields, the country’s increasing presence also has important social, cultural and political aspects. Hence, this conference will discuss how Chinese global engagements shape new political, economic, and social configurations.

This is an international conference for PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers.  

The conference will have 4 main panels:

  • Mobility, Networks, Flows of Ideas and Capital
  • Global Markets, Political Economies, and Infrastructures
  • Investments and Infrastructures
  • Global Engagements Abroad, Belt and Road Initiatve and Regional Institutions


Conference program is available here. The event is by invitation only.  

Organizers and supporting institutions

This event is co-organised by French Centre for Research on Contemporary China, School of Humanities and Social Science and IEMS, HKUST, with the support of: GIS Asie (CNRS), Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO, Paris), the French Research Institute on East Asia (IFRAE) and Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC) .

The event is supported by the HKUST IEMS Activity Grant.  

Please refer to the conference flyer for the full list of supporting institutions.  



Some of the presentations were recorded and the videos can be viewed at the Institute's YouTube channel



Further Updates and Enquiries

Further updates about the event will be posted on the website of French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC).  

Please send your enquiries to iems_AT_ust_DOT_hk.  





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