Globalization & China’s Role in Global Governance

In this program area the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Beijing Representative Office observes how global economic developments and trends as well as globalization processes do change China’s economic, ecological, social and political patterns and how China’s initiatives and global involvement shape the world. We try to gain a deeper understanding of the overall implications of global trade, transnational investment and international exchange for China, their respective partner countries as well as for Europe and worldwide. The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung with its network of offices and partners wants to provide a platform for sharing knowledge and jointly debating global developments from different regional perspectives in order to foster mutual understanding around the globe.

Our activities in this program mainly focus on two areas:

  • Environmental, social and political impacts of China’s overseas investment
  • China’s new international initiatives and China’s role in global governance structures (e. g. BRICS, G20, Belt and Road Initiative, new multilateral development banks)

Development Finance in BRICS Countries

For decades, the world of development banking was dominated by a few multilateral actors, foremost the World Bank Group as well as regional development banks. In recent years, some established banks have much expanded their scope of operation, while new actors and interests are moving in. A number of national development banks, for example from China and Brazil, have entered the international arena in a big way, often operating far outside of their respective home countries and becoming truly global actors.