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Global China Conversations #3 Making Chinese Foreign Aid Transparent – What is Hidden in Data and Policy Documents?

October 2021 @ 13:00 - 14:00

Making Chinese Foreign Aid Transparent – What is Hidden in Data and Policy Documents?




Dr. Bradley Parks, AidData
Marina Rudyak, Heidelberg University

Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs, University of Göttingen, IfW Kiel


Zeit: 28.10.2021, 13:00 -14:00 CET
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Since the turn of the millennium, China has provided record amounts of development aid and other types of development finance to countries around the globe. However, its grant-giving and lending activities remain intransparent. This is not least due to the institutional complexity of China’s system of foreign aid and the absence of comprehensive reporting systems for development projects. How can we therefore try to piece through the veil of secrecy and complexity? In this third Global China Conversation, Brad Parks and Marina Rudyak will help us unravel some of the underlying processes. Marina Rudyak will guide us through the complexity of the institutional setup and outline what we can learn from official government documents. Brad Parks will offer us a bird’s-eye view of China’s geo-economic strategy before and after the introduction of the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, by looking at a uniquely comprehensive and granular dataset of international development finance from China that captures 13,427 projects worth $843 billion across 165 countries in every major world region over an 18-year period.


Die Veranstaltung besteht aus Impulsvorträgen der Sprecher, gefolgt von einer Diskussion.

Die Global China Conversation #3 wird auf Englisch abgehalten.


Malik, A., Parks, B., Russell, B., Lin, J., Walsh, K., Solomon, K., Zhang, S., Elston, T., and S. Goodman. (2021). Banking on the Belt and Road: Insights from a new global dataset of 13,427 Chinese development projects. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary.



Dr. Bradley Parks

Dr. Bradley Parks, AidData

Dr. Bradley Parks is the Executive Director of AidData, a research lab at William and Mary. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research has been published in academic and policy journals, including Science, Governance, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Journal of Development Economics, World Development, the National Interest, and China Economic Quarterly. He is the author of three books, including Banking on Beijing: The Aims and Impacts of China’s Overseas Development Program (Cambridge University Press). Dr. Parks is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he works on issues related to the Belt and Road Initiative.


Marina Rudyak

Marina Rudyak, Heidelberg University 

Marina Rudyak is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Sinology of Heidelberg University. She is the founder of china-aid-blog.com and a member of the Global Diplomacy Lab, the Sino-German Future Bridge, and the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network. She has previously worked with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Beijing as Program Manager of the multi-country project “Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration Asia-China.” Her research interests are Chinese foreign aid and development lending policy with a focus on Africa and Central Asia, as well as the political ideology of the Chinese Communist Party and coded communication in Chinese politics.


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October 2021
13:00 - 14:00
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