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Research on Sustainable Development of Chinese Overseas Businesses

Time: 2014 - Ongoing

Location: Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, etc.

Partners: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), WWF, John-Hopkins University, Fudan University, etc.

Intro: We aims to gain objective knowledge about the impact of Chinese overseas businesses on local sustainable development within the context of the Belt and Road Initiative. A key focus of our investigation is to examine how Chinese overseas businesses can enhance their communication with international stakeholders and more effectively integrate into local sustainable development. Our specific actions are outlined as follows:

Impact: China House, in partnership with prestigious organizations such as the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), WWF, John-Hopkins University, and Fudan University, has undertaken a comprehensive research project spanning various regions, including Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, and more. The goal of conducting research is to gain a deeper understanding of how Chinese overseas businesses impact local sustainable development within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. 

  • Objective Knowledge Generation: The project has contributed significantly to objective knowledge generation regarding the impact of Chinese overseas businesses on sustainable development. By conducting rigorous studies and research, they provide valuable insights that can inform policies and practices in various regions.

  • Fostering Collaborations: China House's collaboration with IIED, WWF, John-Hopkins University, and Fudan University demonstrates a commitment to fostering partnerships and leveraging the expertise of renowned institutions. These collaborations enhance the credibility and scope of research efforts.

  • Impact on African Sustainable Development: Through collaboration with IIED, China House has delved into the impact of Chinese mining, agriculture, and forestry industries on African sustainable development. This research contributes to a better understanding of how these industries affect local communities and environments in Africa.

  • Focus on East African Mining: The partnership with WWF has specifically addressed the sustainable development of Chinese mining in East Africa. This targeted research provides insights into the practices and challenges related to mining activities in this region.

  • Labor Practices Comparison: China House's collaboration with John Hopkins University involved a comparative study of labor practices between Chinese and American companies in Kenya. This research sheds light on labor-related aspects and differences in approaches between these two entities.

  • African Perceptions of China: In partnership with Fudan University, they explored how Africans perceive China and Chinese businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research, covering multiple African countries, offers valuable insights into local sentiments and opinions regarding China's role in the region during a critical period.

​​Click on the images below to read some of our research reports:

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