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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.

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


South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Beijing, the People's Republic of China. Photo: DIRCO. CC BY-ND 2.0

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

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

    Research reports

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

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

  5. Blackout: understanding the internet shutdowns in Kazakhstan and Yemen

  6. China to keep a watchful eye on Kazakhstan as political risk heightens

  7. China and global development: 20 things to read in December

  8. Changing tides for China-Africa cooperation: our key takeaways from the 8th FOCAC

  9. China's role in the multilateral development banks


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


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


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

  13. Notes from Africa 2: Kenya

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

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

    Research reports