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Scanning the Horizon

Bertram Lang

Scanning the Horizon

China’s growing influence in the world has been identified as one of the top global trends influencing the trajectory and development of other major trends relating to sustainable development. China’s relevance for civil society organisations (CSOs) is therefore also growing rapidly on a global scale. This means even organizations without a dedicated country program or a physical presence in China need to study and develop future skills and strategies to navigate the impact of Chinese foreign and development policies on their activities in other parts of the world. This includes leveraging the positive potential of Chinese financial contributions and technological innovations for developing countries, as well as countering rising threats to civic participation and human rights due to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s promotion of an authoritarian development model. This guide therefore takes as a starting assumption that both constructive engagement and principled advocacy efforts are required from CSOs in order to engage with China’s global impact.