Stratbase ADR Institute’s November 2019 Occasional Paper: “The Politics of Chinese Mining Investments in the Philippines and Indonesia”

It is with pleasure that we share with you Stratbase ADR Institute’s November 2019 occasional paper entitled, “Politics of Chinese Mining Investments in the Philippines and Indonesia.”

The paper basically attempts to explain the variation of Chinese FDI in both the small-scale and large-scale mining sectors. It also accounts for the factors or reasons why the Philippines and Indonesia took different paths.

Consisting of four sections, the first section discusses Southeast Asia and China in the context of the historical underpinnings of China’s capital exports to Southeast Asia. The second section discusses the historical processes of crisis and reforms in the Philippine and Indonesian mining sectors.

In the third section, the paper devoted a detailed discussion on Chinese investments in the artisanal and small-scale and large-scale mining sectors in the Philippines and Indonesia. Lastly, it concluded with the argument that the different pathways that both states took during the Cold War and the 1990s explain the emergence of different mining regimes, receiving different forms of Chinese FDI.

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