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Insight and analysis of China’s evolving geo-economic strategy and policy across the globe and across sectors. We focus on China’s global footprint in the Belt and Road Initiative, the developmental impacts of its trade and investment, and its role in bilateral and multilateral finance. Looking forward, we see to understand how China’s modernisation and superpower ambitions will shape its global role to come.

The Belt and Road Initiative

Rooted in China’s domestic economic and security woes, the BRI can have transformative impacts for participating countries, as well as risks.

China and sustainable development

China’s growing role in trade, investment and in development finance put it in a unique position to shape global development outcomes and the SDGs.

Global China 2049

  1. China's role in the multilateral development banks


  2. The evolution of China’s lending practices on the Belt and Road


  3. China’s lending landscape and approach to debt relief


  4. The deeper questions about China and the multilateral banks underneath the Doing Business controversy

  5. Notes from Africa 2: Kenya

  6. China in the multilateral development banks: evolving strategies of a new power

    Research reports

  7. The Belt and Road and Chinese enterprises in Ethiopia: risks and opportunities for development

    Research reports

  8. China and global development: 10 things to read in July

  9. Driving a green recovery in developing countries: what role is China playing?

    Research reports

  10. Pulse 3 – recover, reform,  restructure: China’s outward investment appetite and implications for developing countries

    Research reports

  11. China and global development: seven things to read in May

  12. Understanding and mitigating social risks to sustainable development in China’s BRI: evidence from Nepal and Zambia

    Research reports

  13. China and global development: eight things to read in March

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

    Research reports

  15. Economic Pulse 1: Covid-19 and economic crisis – China’s recovery and international response

    Research reports

  16. Africa’s economic transformation: the role of Chinese investment

    Research reports

  17. Chinese firms and employment dynamics in Angola and Ethiopia

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. Practical science for uncertain futures: using scenarios to improve resilience to earthquakes

    Working papers

  19. Financing the future of the Belt and Road in Africa


  20. Donors in transition and the future of development cooperation: what do the data from Brazil, India, China and South Africa reveal?

    Working papers