Chinese Overseas Finance Conference 2015

The SAIS China Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) held its second public conference on Friday, April 10, 2015 with an invitation-only, private researchers’ workshop on April 11, 2015, in Washington, DC at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Kenney Auditorium (1740 Massachusetts Ave.) and Rome Auditorium (1619 Massachusetts Ave.). The theme of the conference is Researching China’s Overseas Finance and Aid: What, Why, How, Where and How Much? The goal was to achieve a deeper, comparative understanding of the rise of China’s state-supplied overseas finance, including grants, foreign aid loans, commercial loans, export credits and special investment funds. Papers examined the motives and modalities, trends, sectors, and impacts using a variety of methods from quantitative analysis to case studies.

The event was co-sponsored by the SAIS International Development (IDEV), China Studies, and African Studies Departments.


Watch the morning session of the conference

Watch panel 3A of the conference

Watch the afternoon session of the conference


Conference Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 Sign-in and coffee (Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Mass. Ave)
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome: Vali Nasr, SAIS Dean
9:05 – 9:15 Introduction: Deborah Brautigam, SAIS-CARI Director
Chair: Richard Carey, China International Development Research Network
Panelists:Naohiro Kitano, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Estimating China’s Foreign AidEnrique Galan, CEsA/ISEG-University of LisbonMinistry of Finance of Portugal, The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: China’s Financial Statecraft?

Havard Halland, The World Bank Group, and James A. Schmidt, Hunton & Williams, Meeting the Infrastructure Challenge in Africa: Resource Financed Infrastructure

Annalisa Prizzon, Overseas Development Institute, The Age of Choice: How are developing countries managing the new aid landscape?

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break (Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Mass. Ave)
11:00 – 12:30 PANEL 2: SECTORS FOR FINANCE (Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Mass. Ave)
Chair: Yoon Jung Park, Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network
Panelists:Tom de Bruyn, Leuven Katholieke Universiteit, The influence of China and other Rising Powers in Agriculture and Food Security in MalawiKenneth King, University of Edinburgh, China’s Support to Education, Training and Human Resource Development in Africa, with a Note on Japan

Gordon Shen, Yale University, China’s role as a Global Health Donor in Africa: What can we Learn from Studying Under-reported Resource Flows?

Frances Pontemayor, Tsinghua University, Phones and Loans: the Complementarities of the IFC and CDB in Sub- Saharan Africa

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Mass. Ave)
1:30 – 3:00 PANEL 3A: COUNTRY CASE STUDIES (Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Mass. Ave) PANEL 3B: COMPARISONS (Rome Auditorium, 1619 Mass. Ave.)
Chair: Jennifer Adams, United States Agency for International Development Chair: Mao Xiaojing, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce of China
Panelists:James Reilly, University of Sydney, The Curious Case of China’s Aid to North KoreaZhu Xiao’Ou, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Demystifying the Role of Chinese Commercial Actors in the Decision-Making Process of Foreign Assistance: The Case of Post-war Sri Lanka

J. R. Mailey, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, So-called ‘Angola Model’ Revisited: Looking at Chinese Lending in Post-War Angola

Shi Xuefei, Radboud University Nijmegen, A ‘Going Out’ Cluster? Mapping Sichuan Province’s Economic Footprint in Uganda

Panelists:Yukinori Harada, Japan International Cooperation Agency, China’s Development Finance: the Cases of Cambodia and Sri LankaHuang Meibo, Xiamen University, How Government Loans Promote FDI:  Japanese Yen Loans and Chinese Government Preferential Loans

Jiang Xiaoxiao, Harvard University,  China’s Medical Team and Médecins Sans Frontières in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Austin Strange, Harvard University, ‘Ground-Truthing’ Chinese Development Finance in Africa: Field Evidence from South Africa and Uganda

3:00 – 3:30 Coffee Break (Rome Auditorium, 1619 Mass. Ave.)
3:30 – 5:00 PANEL 4: STATECRAFT (Rome Auditorium, 1619 Mass. Ave)
Chair: Peter Lewis, SAIS Africa Studies Director
Panelists:Kevin Gallagher, Boston University, Exporting National ChampionsJonas Bunte, University of Texas-Dallas, How Developing Countries Choose their Creditors

Brad Parks, AidData, Apples and Dragonfruits: The Determinants of Aid and Other Forms of State Financing from China to Africa

Paulina Durango de Wattel, Arizaga & Co, Banks and Competition in China’s Finance of Infrastructure Projects in Ecuador: Case Studies