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Economic Pulse 2: China navigates its Covid-19 recovery – outward investment appetite and implications for developing countries

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Written by Beatrice Tanjangco, Yue Cao, Rebecca Nadin, Olena Borodyna, Linda Calabrese, Yunnan Chen

Hero image description: Construction on the China–Laos railway project Image credit:BENS_TINO/Shutterstock

This is the second report in ODI’s Economic Pulse series. Pulse 2 explores China’s international economic response as the world adapts to Covid-19. The report analyses China’s international engagements, especially in developing countries, against the backdrop of its own recovery and a still difficult external trade environment. China will have to navigate its role in the new Covid-19 normal while balancing both growth and financial stability in its own recovery. It will also be balancing its domestic and international agendas as it pursues the ‘dual-circulation’ strategy.


About ODI’s Economic Pulse series

The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted governments around the world to change their economic and political priorities, and China is no exception. Its shifting priorities will have implications for its engagement in developing economies. ODI’s Economic Pulse series reviews Chinese macroeconomic indicators, project-level data, policy announcements and debt negotiations to forge a holistic view of the country’s international economic response.

Construction on the China–Laos railway project
Beatrice Tanjangco, Yue Cao, Rebecca Nadin, Olena Borodyna, Linda Calabrese and Yunnan Chen

Published online: 2 February 2021.

Corrected online: 12 February 2021. The note to Figure 11 was updated to clarify the limitations of our access to the source data.