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December 19, 2023| Community Event | Online

Chinese Investment in Europe

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How cautious should we be?

Event Overview

For the past two decades, Chinese entities have been investing heavily in Europe, which has in turn relied on Chinese industry—particularly for its green transition. What security and economic risks are European countries really taking on? What are the consequences? Is the Chinese Communist Party already at the helm of European influence?

Common Sense Society hosted a virtual event on Tuesday, December 19 at 11:00 A.M. ET to dive into these questions with CSS faculty member and Hoover Institution research fellow Dr. Michael Auslin and Institute of World Economics director Dr. Magdolna Sass. This conversation was moderated by CSS faculty, Special Competitive Studies Project senior director, and former U.S. National Security Council China director Ms. Liza Tobin

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Michael Auslin

Dr. Michael Auslin is the Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution; a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute; and a senior fellow at London’s Policy Exchange. He was formerly an associate professor at Yale University, a resident scholar and director of Japanese studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fulbright Scholar, and a German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellow. He was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Auslin is the author of six books, including Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific and the best-selling The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region.

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Magdolna Sass

Dr. Magdolna Sass is director of the Institute of World Economics Center for Economic and Regional Studies and assistant professor at Budapest Business School, instructing on global value chains, trade and foreign direct investment flows, multinational companies, and Hungary’s foreign economic policy. She is also a senior researcher at ICEG European Center and previously served as a senior research fellow at the Institute of Economics Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She earned an M.A. in economics from Corvinus University of Budapest, a Ph.D. in economics at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and is an alumna of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Liza Tobin

Ms. Liza Tobin is the senior director for economy at the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP). Before joining SCSP, she served on the National Security Council staff as China director, where she led the development of multiple U.S. strategies and policies related to China, including on trade and economics, climate and the environment, military issues, and China’s influence beyond the Indo-Pacific. Before serving at the National Security Council, Ms. Tobin worked for more than a decade in various capacities as a China specialist for the U.S. government, including as a senior adviser at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and an economic analyst at the C.I.A., and in various roles in the private sector and academia. She holds an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a graduate certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and a B.A. from Gordon College.

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