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Maritime ports are an important part of the bloodstream of global trade and logistics. Over the past decade, China has become a key global investor and port operator. Its growing interest in Poland’s ports included the participation of Chinese companies in a tender for the lease of land in the western part of the Port of Gdynia for a container transshipment terminal and offshore wind farm components. The Polish government is in turn progressing with new works on certain projects and issuing new strategic documents on directions of intermodal transport development are taking place, which will be in line with the EU’s guidelines (e.g. TEN-T).
The series of expert discussions aim to bring to experts and public opinion a wider context of China’s investment activity in Poland’s and international ports, with its significance for economic cooperation and security. The analysis of the outcome for different ports can accelerate discussion about the possible scenarios for Poland, especially in the context of the forthcoming new ports strategy paper.
Part I. Chinese Investments in Maritime Ports – A Global Overview
This panel aims to outline international experience with Chinese investments in ports. It will provide insight into past and ongoing situations. Among the leading agents are state-owned enterprises China Merchants Port Holdings and COSCO Shipping, which operate 36 ports around the world. Apart from CMPH and COSCO, other companies operating worldwide include Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), which invested in Haifa. The case studies can align into a review of the results for the investor and the port, therefore combining the experience
from various countries.
Shin Kawashima (University of Tokyo)
Richard Griffiths (University of Leiden)
Ehud Gonen (University of Haifa)
Katarzyna Golik (IPS Polish Academy of Sciences)
Shin Kawashima - Professor in Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. in Literature from Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo, earlier Associate Professor, the Faculty of Law, Hokkaido University. Expertise: Asian political and diplomatic history, Diplomatic history of Republic of China, Taiwan political and diplomatic history.
Richard Griffiths - Professor Emeritus of International Studies, graduated in economic history and Russian studies at Swansea University College and holds a Ph.D. in History from Cambridge University. Before joining the Centre for Innovation, The Hague, he worked as a professor of economic history at the University of Manchester, the Free University Amsterdam, the European University Institute in Florence and Leiden University. Author of ‘The Maritime Silk Road’ (2020) and editor of ‘China and the Ports of the Indian Ocean’ (2022).
Ehud Gonen, PhD Candidate at the Department of Asian Studies and researcher at the Maritime Policy and Strategy Research Center (HMS). Former Israeli diplomat, business analyst and strategic consultant. Expertise: Economist, Geo-Strategic Analysis, Blue Economy - Maritime and Shipping, International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).