Wendy Leutert, Elizabeth Plantan, and Austin Strange explain how international NGOs are working with Chinese state-owned companies on development projects outside of China.

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Construction of water infrastructure as part of the IMAGINE (Integrated Maji Infrastructure and Governance Initiative for Eastern Congo) program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Image courtesy of Mercy Corps.

Two parallel trends within the field of international development are converging. The first is the rise of Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as dominant players in the global infrastructure market, supported by Chinese development finance. …


Arunabh Ghosh, Associate Professor of History at Harvard University, writes in The Quint about how the dramatic growth of ethno-nationalism in China and India is a driving force behind their current border tensions.

Galwan Valley, China-India border

Recent clashes between Chinese and Indian soldiers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Galwan Valley have taken observers by surprise. The brutality of the fighting, the casualties that have resulted, and the breakdown in communications they reflect, all suggest that this may be a pivotal moment for the future of China-India relations. …


Ya-wen Lei, Assistant Professor of Sociology, examines how Taiwan as a democratic developmental and welfare state managed to contain the outbreak of Coronavirus.

This post first appeared in Contexts on March 25, 2020.

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The Grand Hotel in Taipei lit up with “zero” to mark two consecutive days of no new Coronavirus cases in Taiwan. Image: AFP

Despite its exclusion from the World Health Organization (WHO) and its geographic proximity to China, Taiwan has been doing relatively well in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. The country has 23 million citizens, of which 850,000 reside in China (Wang, Ng and Brook 2020). There are 216 confirmed cases at the time of this writing. Taiwan has contained the spread of COVID-19 from China quite successfully despite being faced with the challenge of continuingly containing the outbreak after COVID-19 spread widely in the world. …

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