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IDS China Centre

China has become a major force for global development in recent years, while its approach to global engagement has changed rapidly and fundamentally.

New institutions and strategic initiatives – such as the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank, Belt and Road Initiative and China International Development Cooperation Agency- are being promoted at central government, and are driving changes in the practices of actors across the Chinese system. China has also become an important source of direct foreign investment in many countries

The IDS China Centre focuses on topics such as China’s role in global development, renewable energy and global health security. Through partnerships with leading academic institutions in China our insights are helping increase understanding of the role that China plays in development.

Recent work
UK Foreign Secretary visits China
The UK Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, is visiting China today (Wednesday 30 August) for high-level talks with senior representatives from the Chinese government in Beijing.  Billed by the FCDO as a trip to 'further British interests' it will include discussions…
30 August 2023
China’s role in critical mineral mining and its impacts  
The Sixth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes clear the urgent need for a fundamental transformation of our current fossil-fuel based energy system. The fear of supply shortages of these critical minerals due to surging…
20 July 2023
China and the fourth industrial revolution: a call for collaborative research
Recent blogs on this site have called for academic collaboration and policy coordination with China to address global challenges including climate change and biodiversity loss, pandemics and overuse of anti-microbials, and building sustainable food systems. Here we argue for the…
Jennifer Holdaway, Fellow, International Institute for Asian Studies, University of Leiden
Sarah Cook, Visiting Researcher, Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, University of Witwatersrand
02 June 2023
Civil society and the BRICS
The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is looking at the growing role of civil society from the BRICS countries in the field of international development cooperation. This thematic study is working with NGOs and networks across the BRICS to…