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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 seek to understand how China’s modernisation and superpower ambitions will shape its global role to come.

Reflections on the Chinese Communist Party's 20th National Congress

Three of our experts share their take on events in Beijing.

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Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit 2022

Our analysts pick out three key takeaways from the summit in Uzbekistan.

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Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Samarkand, Uzbekistan 2022

China and the multilateral development banks

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. The critical minerals race to net zero


  2. Looking back, looking forward: Global South perspectives on the BRI


  3. China and global development: eight things to read in August 2023

  4. China and global development: six recommended readings and podcasts for June 2023

  5. Think Change episode 25: Africa-China – where is the relationship heading?

  6. China and global development: 11 things to read in April 2023

  7. Think Change episode 22: On borrowed time? The sovereign debt crisis in the Global South

  8. China and global development: 12 things to read and listen to in December 2022

  9. Who should provide climate finance? Answering a hard question with some hard numbers

  10. Old wine in new bottles? China, the G7 and the new infrastructure geopolitics

  11. Risks along the Belt and Road: Chinese investment and infrastructure development priorities in Kyrgyzstan

    Research reports

  12. Reflections on the Chinese Communist Party's 20th National Congress

  13. China and global development: 9 things to read in October 2022

  14. Russia’s recent ITU election loss is a major setback for China’s internet governance ambitions

  15. The US is vying for more influence in the Pacific region – but what does this mean for Pacific Islands?

  16. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit 2022: key takeaways

  17. Migration for climate action: how labour mobility can help the green transition

  18. Risks along the Belt and Road: Chinese investment and infrastructure development in Cambodia

    Research reports

  19. What winter sports tell us about population ageing and development: lessons from China and Japan

  20. Cooperation with European characteristics? Lessons from China for the EU–Africa summit