1st Edition

Chinese Overseas Ports in Europe and the Americas Understanding Smooth and Turbulent Waters

Edited By Jean-Marc Blanchard Copyright 2024
    192 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyzes the progress, gains, and effects of Chinese overseas ports through in-depth and systematic studies of numerous cases in Europe and Latin America.

    China’s participation in overseas ports, especially under the rubric of the Belt and Road Initiative, is a matter of great concern to businesspeople, policymakers, and researchers pondering the implications of Chinese infrastructure activities and overseas investment. Yet there is insufficient knowledge concerning the actual nature of China’s role in specific ports, the economic and other consequences associated with that involvement, and the wider economic, political, and environmental effects of those economic effects. The chapters of this book fill these gaps by examining ports in diverse European countries like Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom and various Latin American countries, including Brazil and Jamaica. The book illustrates why Chinese seaports succeed or fail, why they have the military, economic, and other consequences that they do, and why these consequences produce or fail to generate other effects such as political influence.

    This book will appeal to audiences with interests in China’s overseas seaports, foreign direct investment (FDI), and infrastructure specifically and foreign direct investment, geopolitics, and the political economy of national security more generally.

    1. Sailing into Chinese Overseas Ports in Europe and the Americas: Clarifying Murky Waters

    Jean-Marc F. Blanchard

    2. Hutchison Port Holding’s "Port of Felixstowe: Port of Britain": A Chinese Private-Sector success?

    David Styan

    3. Understanding Sunk Chinese Seaport Investments in Northern Europe: Comparing Scandinavian and Arctic Failures against Dutch Success

    Kirsten Kaarre Jensen

    4. Chinese Involvement in North European Seaports: The Cases of Belgium and Germany

    Sebastian Bersick

    5. China’s Italian Ports in the Spotlight: Economic, Social and Geopolitical Aspects

    Francesca Spigarelli and Dominique Lepore

    6. Plunging into Piraeus: Calming Excessive Positive and Negative Froth

    Jean-Marc F. Blanchard

    7. China’s Investments in Brazilian Ports: Lessons from Container Terminal of Paranaguá Successes and Other Disappointments

    Danielly Ramos, Antônio Carlos Lessa, and Laura Urrejola Silveira

    8. China’s Seaports in Central America and the Caribbean: The Cases of Panama and Jamaica

    Lorena Herrera-Vinelli


    Jean-Marc F. Blanchard is Founding Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, a non-profit think tank. A leading expert on China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative, he is leading three research projects on Chinese overseas ports.