China's economic transformation presents new challenges both for the country's rapidly changing society and for the government, which has undertaken reforms to promote the rule of law, curb corruption, improve the environment, and encourage more broad-based development. To help address these challenges and contribute to reforms, we work in law and governance, environmental protection, women's empowerment, disaster management, and constructive regional cooperation and U.S.-China relations. Read country overview.
China's Global Engagement
The Asia Foundation supports China's "Going Abroad" policy with programs that promote understanding of Chinese development cooperation, support sustainable practices by Chinese businesses overseas, and build the capacity of Chinese NGOs to respond to long-term development needs and immediate humanitarian crises in Asia. Read an overview of these programs.
China Overseas Development Report
Over the last five years, the global development landscape has changed rapidly, leading governments, practitioners and academics alike to ask whether it is indeed time to move development policy and practice "beyond aid." At the centre of this evolution, China has emerged as a critical player. China's increasing role as a provider of foreign aid is the subject of considerable interest and debate both within and outside of China. In this context, The Asia Foundation convened a China Foreign Aid Roundtable to facilitate knowledge sharing and promote understanding among diverse stakeholders. View a report from this roundtable.
China's Aid to Cambodia
A Civil Perspective on China's Aid to Cambodia is the outcome of a one-year joint program, undertaken by the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agriculture University, and the East China Normal University, and sponsored by The Asia Foundation.
CRITICAL ISSUE: DISASTER MANAGEMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
China has long faced the threat of natural disasters, so we are actively working with national and local government agencies and local communities to foster a culture of disaster preparedness. Local officials and community leaders in six plot provinces are now applying disaster risk reduction skills and training their peers to mitigate community-level disaster risks. Recognizing the potential to significantly improve the resiliency of communities against disasters, the Chinese government utilized project experiences to formulate standards for a national system of community-based disaster reduction; named several of the pilot communities as models for the system; and shared the project experiences across the country. By the end of 2013, there were more than 5,400 prepared communities, already surpassing the government's goal of 5,000 by 2015. Our office in Beijing is also building on these domestically focused efforts to support China in improving the country's approach to foreign disaster assistance through enhanced understanding of and dialogue with established donor countries.