Xi's New Global Development Initiative
Unveiled by Xi Jinping in a speech at the UN General Assembly in September 2021, the Global Development Initiative outlines China’s vision to be a leader in global development efforts. The initiative aims to support developing countries in poverty alleviation, public health, and other issues, but has also sparked questions about its impact on the more well-established Belt and Road Initiative. A year on, has the GDI been implemented? How does it fit into China’s broader strategy of extending its influence globally?
Please join the CSIS Interpret: China project for a discussion of the Global Development Initiative with leading experts who will leverage newly translated Chinese language documents to unpack this topic. The expert panel will feature remarks from Deborah Brautigam, director of China-Africa Research Initiative and Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Samantha Custer, director of policy analysis at AidData, College of William & Mary, Anthea Mulakala, senior director for international development cooperation at The Asia Foundation, and Joseph Asunka, CEO of Afrobarometer. The discussion will be moderated by Jude Blanchette, Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS.
This event is made possible by support from the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.