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Handbook on China and Developing Countries

Handbook on China and Developing Countries

Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China series

Edited by Carla P. Freeman

This Handbook explores the rapidly evolving and increasingly multifaceted relations between China and developing countries. Cutting-edge analyses by leading experts from around the world critically assess such timely issues as the ‘China model’, Beijing’s role in international development assistance, Chinese peacekeeping and South-South relations, and developing countries and the internationalization of the renminbi. Chapters also examine China’s engagement with individual countries and regions throughout the developing world. For scholars, practitioners, and postgraduates, the volume’s breadth and depth of coverage will inform and guide present and future analysis.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Carla P. Freeman

Subjects: asian studies, asian development, asian politics and policy, development studies, asian development, development studies, politics and public policy, asian politics, international politics


In an interview just before the meeting of the sixth BRICS summit, a gathering of the world’s largest emerging economies, opened in Brazil’s coastal city of Fortaleza, Chinese President Xi Jinping remarked, ‘We [China] will . . . dedicate ourselves to perfecting the international system of governance and proactively push for expanding the representation and right to speak for developing countries in international affairs.’ Later, in a Xinhua report on a dialogue among BRICS leaders and countries from the region that followed the Summit, which included the announcement of plans to move forward with a new BRICS development bank and reserve fund, Xi observed that BRICS and South American countries, as emerging economies and developing countries, constitute ‘the rising power’ in the international structure, stating: ‘We should jointly push the international order toward a fairer and more rational direction, maintain the rights of people’s self-choice for choosing the social system [sic] and development path, strengthen global governance and attract more attention to the issue of development from the international community.’