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James Reilly

ReillyJamesJean Monnet/GGP Fellow

University of Sydney




Biographical Note

James Reilly is a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (2015-16), and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China’s Japan Policy (Columbia University Press, 2012), and the co-editor of Australia and China at 40 (UNSW Press, 2012). His articles have appeared in numerous academic journals and edited volumes. He holds a Ph.D. from the George Washington University and an M.A. from the University of Washington, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford. He served as the East Asia Representative of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in China from 2001-2008.

Research Project

Chinese Carrots and Sticks: Beijing’s Economic Statecraft in Europe

Over the past few years, Beijing has relied upon an array of strategic investments, market access, trade sanctions, and foreign aid in an effort to influence national and EU-level policies. However, Beijing’s effectiveness at translating its vast wealth into political power remains uncertain and largely unexamined. This project draws upon Chinese and European economic data, policy documents, and interviews to examine how China engages in economic statecraft across Europe, and to compare China’s effectiveness over time and across countries. The results will yield a comprehensive assessment of the impact of China’s economic statecraft across Europe.