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Chinese Direct Investment in the Netherlands

22 Dec 2017 - 15:18
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Patterns, reception and political significance

In the future, Chinese direct investment will be of significant importance to the Dutch economy as it will very likely continue to grow in size. The main motive for Chinese investment to date is not gaining access to the Dutch or the EU market, but to advanced technology and established global networks. Given the significance of Chinese direct investment for the overall relationship between the Netherlands and China in terms of economic competitiveness and political influence, an effective policy response from the Dutch government requires a strategic approach that takes into account the unique nature of Chinese direct investments, their long-term, accumulative effects and their impact on global value chains.