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Mapping China’s Participation in Multilateral Development Institutions and Funds

Center for Global Development  | Thu, Nov 18, 2021

by Scott Morris , Rowan Rockafellow and Sarah Rose


China has emerged as a leading participant in multilateral development organizations. In many ways, this is a welcome development. Today’s global challenges, including COVID-19 and climate change, require an international response and have prompted renewed calls for increased multilateral engagement by the major economy countries. This, combined with the recognition of multilateral institutions’ high standards for transparency and environmental safeguards, have led the United States at times to encourage China to step up its multilateral contributions. At the same time, countervailing voices focused on strategic competition increasingly view China’s multilateral participation with skepticism.

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