Development and Environmental Ramifications of Chinese Capital
“The Politics of Chinese Investments: Large-Scale Mining and Small-Scale Mining in the Philippines and Indonesia.”
“Examining Divergence in FDI Transmission Channels: Chinese-funded Industrial Parks in Indonesia and Malaysia,” with Kevin Gallagher and Guanie Lim
Comparing Elite Conflict around New Capital in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
“The Contentious Politics of Capital: The Political Economy of Chinese Investments in the Philippines.” Honorable Mention, Best Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Development, 2018.
“Sinews of Politics: State Grid Corporation of China and Investment Coalitions in the Philippines.”
Illicit Capital: Online Gambling, Money Laundering, and Syndicates
This project uses the term “illicit capital” to explain the surge of Chinese capital into seemingly unprofitable sectors. Since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, Chinese capital massively expanded into the Philippines. However, rather than a robust manufacturing sectors or strong foundational infrastructures, Chinese capital simply expanded into purchasing to acquire physical assets and small businesses despite having little-to-no profit gain. As such, I argue that Chinese investment constitutes “Illicit capital” that seeks to escape the clutches of the Chinese state by purchasing different types of assets across a range of economies. Bringing together the literature in development, political economy, and international crime, I look at the degree to which Chinese firms in the Philippines are simply vectors for money laundering.
An early draft of the project has been presented at a workshop hosted by Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
The Impact of Territorial Disputes on Sectoral FDI with Janica Magat.