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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.

Belt and Road Forum 2023

China and global development: What to read after the third Belt and Road Forum

Eight key resources on the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, which marked 10 years of the initiative.
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Has China's Belt and Road Initiative been a success?

Ten years on, should the BRI be regarded as a success and what comes next? The FT's James Kynge spoke to our Research Fellow Yunnan Chen.


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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 the multilateral development banks

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

    Research reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. China's role in the multilateral development banks


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


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


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

  12. Notes from Africa 2: Kenya

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

  15. China’s investment in digital infrastructure along the Belt and Road

    Emerging analysis

  16. China and global development: 10 things to read in July 2021

  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 2021

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

    Research reports