China´s influence over European Strategic Transport Infrastructure

Client/Funding Institution

European Parliament


This project focused on the analysis of China´s direct investments in the European strategic transport infrastructure and aims at evaluating potential impacts on the security of EU Member States and the EU Neighbourhood, whilst also looking to draw evidence-based and actionable policy conclusions to mitigate potential risks. By providing in-depth case studies of several EU members and countries of the EU Neighbourhood, the project looked to identify the concentration of Chinese direct investments in transport infrastructure at the external borders of the EU and the impact on the EU’s security as well as on its connectivity. Additionally, the project also drew on the policy responses implemented in the United States and evaluated their strengths and weaknesses for the EU context. wiiw coordinated this project in close collaboration with the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS).


May 2023 - December 2023

wiiw team Leader

Olga Pindyuk

wiiw Staff

Corinna Covi, Mahdi Ghodsi, Meryem Gökten, Veronika Janyrova, Zuzana Zavarská

Project Partners

Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

External Publications

Chinese Investments in European Non-Maritime Transport Infrastructure

Countries covered: EU Member States, EU neighbouring countries

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI, Other