China’s investment along the “One Belt, One Road” skyrocketed over the past decade with the Lower Mekong Region (e.g. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar) becoming a primary zone for real estate, energy and mining projects. As a majority of investments are in extractive and manufacturing industries, the environmental and societal impact of Chinese companies overseas is considerable and potentially problematic. Chinese environmental non-profit NGO Global Environmental Institute (GEI) conducted an 2-year in-depth project analyzing the policies of China’s overseas direct investment. We compiled the findings of our on-the-ground field visits and policy research of Chinese investment in GEI’s “China Going Global” report series, which focuses on this vulnerable and lucrative developing Southeast Asia region.
GEI’s Rong ZHU was one of the main project officers in charge of the report series and is its primary author. She will share and discuss China’s green finance, sustainable investment and activities along the One Belt One Road.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Ms. Rong ZHU is the program officer of the Investment, Trade, and the Environment program at the Global Environmental Institute (GEI). Since joining GEI in 2011, she has specialized in China’s overseas foreign direct investment (OFDI) specifically in the Greater Mekong Subregion, with a focus on promoting policies, standards, and best practices for sustainable investment. Rong holds an M.A. in global environmental policy from American University, as well as a B.S. in environmental science and M.S. in food science from Renmin University.
Global Environmental Institute (GEI) is a Chinese environmental non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Beijing China since 2004 dedicated to addressing pressing questions of creating a sustainable environment in China’s ever globalizing economy. Active throughout China, Africa and Southeast Asia, we specialize in crafting win-win solutions and policies that simultaneously achieve environmental protection and community development.
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