The People's Republic of China’s Seven Decades of Foreign Economic Relations
5th - 6th March 2020, Helsinki, Finland
This workshop invites scholars from China, Europe and the world and from various disciplines (e.g. economic and business history; history of technology; cultural history; social history) to discuss the history of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) foreign economic and trade relations. The current standing of the PRC as a giant of the global economy and trade is undeniable. However, the PRC’s role in the world economy has changed dramatically during the seven decades it has existed and its rise to a trade superpower began only after Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in 1978. In this workshop, we aim to add to our knowledge of the PRC’s foreign economic and trade relations prior to the reform and opening-up. We welcome papers that look at the PRC’s economic and trade relations with different countries and/or areas. Papers addressing economic relations between the PRC and small/medium powers are particularly encouraged, since they often tend to get overshadowed by those with major powers.