When a student tells the story of the relationship between BNP Paribas and China

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Hosting a student in Master II programme in contemporary history of international relations for a six-month internship, BNP Paribas’s Archives & History team was pleased to show him its archives collections about the history of the bank in China. In parallel with his dissertation on technology transfers and economic development, Rémi Badran has produced a series of articles dedicated to the opening of China in the 1970s and the economic role of the BNP Paribas Group in the country. Take a look at this illustrated overview of the links between the Middle Kingdom and French banks from 1970 to 2000.

The relations between BNP Paribas and China viewed by a student in contemporary history

Rémi Badran wrote a research paper entitled “Technological cooperation and economic expansion: a path favoured by France in the People’s Republic of China (1978-1994)”. So, thanks to its knowledge, he was able to produce this series about BNP paribas in China from the 1970’s onwards.

Embark on a journey through time and into the heart of China, highlighting the changes that marked the country from the 1970s to 2000: the opening up, the quest for new technologies, the return of French banks…

Contract ceremony for the provision of the Shanghai metro tunnelling machines, 7 July 1989 – Historical archives BNP Paribas - 12AH1579-3
Ceremony for the contract to supply tunnel boring machines for the Shanghai metro, 7 July 1989 – BNP Paribas Historical Archives – 12AH1579-3

Travel in China in images

BNP offices in Hong Kong in 1994 – Historical archives BNP Paribas - 4Fi1157-4
BNP offices in Hong Kong in 1994 – Historical archives BNP Paribas – 4Fi1157-4

While browsing through this series, you will also discover a series of twenty photos from BNP Paribas historical collections that reflects China from the 1970s to 2000, as well as the presence of BNP Paribas Group banks.

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