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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Research reports

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

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

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

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

  12. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit 2022: key takeaways

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

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

    Research reports

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

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

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

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

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

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