The increasing activity of Chinese hydropower companies in countries along the Mekong River has raised issues of environmental and social sustainability of Chinese investment. Hydropower investment regularly produces scalar conflicts between global goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, national development targets, and the impact on local communities and ecosystems. Norms governing these areas can be observed on multiple levels of governance. Global norms are contained, inter alia, in the Equator Principles and the World Commission on Dams (WCD) recommendations. Domestic Chinese norms are contained in the Chinese government’s overseas investment policies and company-internal environmental regulations. A further level of norms is codified in laws in countries where Chinese companies invest. Chinese companies thus operate not only at a multi-level, but also in a transnational normative space. The paper will locate Chinese hydropower investment projects at the cross lines of these norms and analyze processes that contribute to scalar conflicts.
|Title of host publication||Chinese Encounters in Southeast Asia: How People, Money, and Ideas from China Are Changing a Region|
|Editors||Pál Nyíri, Danielle Tan|
|Place of Publication||Seattle|
|Publisher||University of Washington Press|
|Number of pages||319|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2017|