The Effect of China's Overseas Engineering Projects on National Image: Empirical Analysis Based on Global Survey Data

Zhen Qi, Yixiao Zhou, Gongyan Yang

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    Overseas engineering projects (OEPs) significantly facilitate China's participation in global politics and economy. Based on Pew Global Surveys from 2005 to 2019, this study investigates the relationship between China's OEP and the country's national image. We find that OEPs have a positive impact in this regard, but most significantly in countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative. Specifically, China's image gains the most positive impact from transportation and energy projects and, to the greatest extent, from those powered by financial assistance rather than by imported Chinese workers. Such a positive effect is, in addition, most pronounced in low- and middle-income countries with a low level of national governance, while it is negligible in states that are US allies.This study affords a deeper understanding of the spillover effects of overseas economic activities at both the political and social levels.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)431-456
    JournalChinese Journal of International Politics
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2023

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