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

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

  5. Chinese firms and employment dynamics in Angola and Ethiopia

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Working papers

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


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

    Working papers

  9. Creating an earthquake scenario in China: a case study in Weinan City, Shaanxi province


  10. G20 coal subsidies: China

    Research reports

  11. Homecoming: a story about how a strong earthquake affects a family with ‘left-behind’ children


  12. Stories from G20 countries: shifting public money out of fossil fuels

    Working papers

  13. Humanitarian action and foreign policy: balancing interests and values

    Research reports

  14. Chinese investment and small-scale commodity producers in Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. The politics of growth: transformative ideas in economics


  16. Exploring the links between Chinese foreign policy and humanitarian action: multiple interests, processes and actors

    Working papers

  17. Adjusting to rising costs in Chinese light manufacturing: what opportunities for developing countries?

    Research reports

  18. What drives Chinese outward manufacturing investment? A review of enabling factors in Africa and Asia

    Working papers

  19. Chinese light manufacturing and outward investment into Africa and Asia

    Working papers

  20. Chinese investment and knowledge transfer in Africa

    Briefing/policy papers