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Dial-in information will be provided to all registered participants at a later stage. The conference will be translated in French and English.


Through the financing of major infrastructure projects, China has become a key player in development finance. Under the banner of the “New Silk Roads” initiative, it finances the construction of ports, airports, railway lines, special economic zones in many countries in Asia, Africa, Europe. and as far as Latin America. At the same time, China is seeking to structure and raise awareness of its foreign aid policy.

The publication of two white papers on Chinese foreign aid in 2011 and 2014 and the creation of an agency dedicated to international development cooperation demonstrate this ambition to clarify its foreign aid system. In the global landscape of development actors, China’s positioning as a donor to development remains difficult to grasp. The impact of Chinese funding is being debated, including in academic circles. Between development aid policy and development finance, China’s action questions the donor framework on development finance.


How is Chinese aid distributed and what are its modalities? Which are the Chinese institutions involved in development cooperation? Can China contribute, through its initiatives, to the financing of the Sustainable Development Goals?

Marina RUDYAK, researcher at the Institute for Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University and founder of the blog “China Aid” on the Chinese aid policy, and Agatha KRATZ, Associate Director of the consulting company Rhodium Group and doctor in economics specialist in Chinese investments, will present their analysis of Chinese financing abroad. These analyzes will allow us to better understand the challenges of Chinese development cooperation policy and to decipher the principles of action of this new player, a potential vector for change in development finance.

The conference will be moderated by Tara VARMA, Director of the Paris office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) @tara_varma


– Thomas MELONIO, Director “Innovation, Research and Knowledge”, French Development Agency @MelonioThomas


– Marina RUDYAK, researcher, Institute for Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University @RudyakMarina

– Agatha KRATZ, Associate Director of the consulting company Rhodium Group, specialist in Chinese investments abroad @AgathaKratz


– Rémi GENEVEY, director “Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia”, French Development Agency @RemiGenevey


Thursday 10 September 2020


10h30 to 12h00 CEST


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