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An analysis of China’s investment in the hydropower sector in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region

An analysis of China’s investment in the hydropower sector in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region
An analysis of China’s investment in the hydropower sector in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region
The Mekong River’s natural resources offer large benefits to its populations, but it also attracts the interest of foreign investors. Recently, Chinese firms, banks and government bodies have increasingly invested in large hydropower projects in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. Due to China’s rapid economic growth, its rapid industrialisation and its limited domestic natural resources, the Chinese government has issued the ‘Going Out Strategy’ which promotes investments in overseas natural resources like water and energy resources. In search for climate-friendly low-carbon energy, cheap electricity and access to a growing market, Chinese institutions turn to Southeast Asia where Chinese institutions are currently involved in more than 50 on-going large hydropower projects as contractors, investors, regulators and financiers. These Chinese institutions have influence on environmental and social practices as well as on diplomatic and trade relations in the host countries. Currently, there are major gaps in understanding who is engaged, why, how and with what impacts. This paper therefore aims to assess the motives, actors, beneficiaries and the direct and indirect impacts of China’s investment in large hydropower projects in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. The authors use the ‘Rising Powers Framework’ to assess these issues, which is an adapted version of the Asian Drivers Framework
1387-585X
301-324
Urban, Frauke
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Nordensvärd, Johan
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Khatri, Deepika
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Wang, Yu
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Urban, Frauke
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Nordensvärd, Johan
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Khatri, Deepika
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Urban, Frauke, Nordensvärd, Johan, Khatri, Deepika and Wang, Yu (2013) An analysis of China’s investment in the hydropower sector in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 15 (2), 301-324. (doi:10.1007/s10668-012-9415-z).

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The Mekong River’s natural resources offer large benefits to its populations, but it also attracts the interest of foreign investors. Recently, Chinese firms, banks and government bodies have increasingly invested in large hydropower projects in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. Due to China’s rapid economic growth, its rapid industrialisation and its limited domestic natural resources, the Chinese government has issued the ‘Going Out Strategy’ which promotes investments in overseas natural resources like water and energy resources. In search for climate-friendly low-carbon energy, cheap electricity and access to a growing market, Chinese institutions turn to Southeast Asia where Chinese institutions are currently involved in more than 50 on-going large hydropower projects as contractors, investors, regulators and financiers. These Chinese institutions have influence on environmental and social practices as well as on diplomatic and trade relations in the host countries. Currently, there are major gaps in understanding who is engaged, why, how and with what impacts. This paper therefore aims to assess the motives, actors, beneficiaries and the direct and indirect impacts of China’s investment in large hydropower projects in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. The authors use the ‘Rising Powers Framework’ to assess these issues, which is an adapted version of the Asian Drivers Framework

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Published date: April 2013
Organisations: Social Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 362372
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/362372
ISSN: 1387-585X
PURE UUID: 7824598f-ea54-42c2-938c-b32ee75ed31d

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Date deposited: 21 Feb 2014 11:40
Last modified: 09 Nov 2021 01:01

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Author: Frauke Urban
Author: Johan Nordensvärd
Author: Deepika Khatri
Author: Yu Wang

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