This lecture is a part of Tsinghua University’s Global Open Course, “China’s Perspective on Global Development Initiative”. The lecture will walk you through the trends of global investment and analyze the state of overseas investment by Chinese enterprises, as well as the challenges they confront. Real cases will be studied to illustrate the evolution and growth of Chinese enterprises’ overseas investment.


Prof. CHEN Taotao

Dr. CHEN Taotao is a professor at the School of Economics & Management, Tsinghua University and the director of Tsinghua University Latin America Center. Her main research areas are “Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)” “International Business” and “Globalization and Strategy”.

She has published more than 30 papers on the topic of FDI spillover, Chinese Companies investing abroad, and has presided research projects supported by National Science Foundation, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Commerce etc.

In recent years, Prof.Chen Taotao put more efforts on the topics such as The Business Environment in US & Latin America and The capability of Chinese Young MNCs etc. During the research process, Professor Chen has visited more than 50 branches of Chinese companies who have invested in US and Latin American countries, and collaborated with think tanks, multi-development banks, such as ECLAC, IDB, CAF, as well as top universities, such as MIT in US, Toronto University in Canada, Catholic University in Chile, etc. Besides, she has been invited to attend international forums, such as World Economic Forum, Emerging Market Forums, making speeches and being engaged into different kinds of debates.

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Course Background

China’s President Addresses United Nations General Debate, 76th Session

In 2021, President Xi Jinping proposed the Global Development Initiative (GDI) at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. In response, Tsinghua University developed and launched the graduate course, namely “China’s Perspective on Global Development Initiative” for 2022 Autumn semester, presenting the latest development of China’s society, economy, culture, and science and technology. This course will introduce the frontiers in research and relevant practices in China, focusing on digital economy, poverty reduction, COVID medication and vaccine, development financing, climate change and green development, interconnection, and other fields.

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