Perceptions and practices of investment: China's hydropower investments in Vietnam and Myanmar
Vanessa Lamb, Nga Dao
CANADIAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES-REVUE CANADIENNE D ETUDES DU DEVELOPPEMENT | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017
China is a major investor in hydropower in mainland Southeast Asia. These investments have triggered substantial public concern, with anti-Chinese attitudes intensifying across the region. Yet, Chinese involvement varies across the region. We examine the “practices and perceptions” of Chinese hydropower investment in Vietnam and Myanmar, attending to the framing of dominant explanations of these investments. We caution against reinforcing xenophobic narratives about China, and urge scholars to consider what these narratives obscure. Our concern is that exceptionalising the role of Chinese investors overlooks foundational issues regarding local participation and environmental governance.
This research was funded by the BRICS Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) small grants program.