The headquarters of the port authority in Antwerp. The minority stakes Cosco holds in the port there and in Zeebrugge have become a point of debate in Belgium. Photo: BELGA/AFP
The headquarters of the port authority in Antwerp. The minority stakes Cosco holds in the port there and in Zeebrugge have become a point of debate in Belgium. Photo: BELGA/AFP

Ports in a storm: Chinese investments in Europe spark fear of malign influence

  • Cosco stakes in Belgium’s two largest shipping ports and one in Germany renew scrutiny of Chinese ownership of critical EU infrastructure
  • The company’s assembling of such stakes makes governments less willing to speak out against China when necessary, analysts say

The headquarters of the port authority in Antwerp. The minority stakes Cosco holds in the port there and in Zeebrugge have become a point of debate in Belgium. Photo: BELGA/AFP
The headquarters of the port authority in Antwerp. The minority stakes Cosco holds in the port there and in Zeebrugge have become a point of debate in Belgium. Photo: BELGA/AFP
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