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China’s Economic Statecraft Toward Myanmar and North Korea

The UC Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies will host University of Sydney Professor James Reilly to discuss China's economic statecraft toward Myanmar and North Korea.

When:
April 24, 2017 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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Speaker:  James Reilly, Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
 
Moderator:  Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley
 
Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)
 
Tempted by their expansive authority over China’s economy, Chinese leaders are increasingly deploying economic resources such as foreign aid and overseas investments to influence policy decisions in other countries. To implement economic statecraft, China’s leaders rely upon state-owned companies, bureaucratic agencies, and local Chinese officials, even though they may be unreliable representatives of the central government. This presentation compares how central leaders’ delegation of authority shaped both the strategies and effectiveness of China’s economic statecraft in North Korea and Myanmar. In North Korea, the active engagement of top leaders and overlapping interests among key domestic actors enabled a higher level of coherence and effectiveness, while a severe principal-agent problem in Myanmar undermined the internal coherence and external effectiveness of China’s economic statecraft. My findings draw upon extensive field research in China’s border regions with both countries and in Myanmar.
Cost: 
Free
Phone Number: 
(510) 643-6321

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