In 2013, China proposed the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) with the stated purpose to promote connectivity and cooperation between China and the world. Driven in part by the ‘Going out’ strategy and BRI, Chinese companies have actively expanded their overseas footprint in nearly every corner of the world.
We believe a knowledge network can provide a platform for the participating countries to understand each other, and people could have a deeper appreciation of this grand strategy linked to the varied response of countries and regional organisations to the BRI, from policy elites to local communities.
Initiated by the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) at the University of Melbourne, this Global China Knowledge Network aims to be a platform that enables the development, sharing and articulation of knowledge on China’s “Going Global” process.
Through the lens of large Chinese investment projects in Indonesia and other ASEAN countries, this Global China Knowledge Network will provide timely and credible information on China’s going-out process, showcase new research findings on China’s regional engagement, and promote the networking between academics working on global China-related issues and with relevant industry professions.
This Global China Knowledge Network is also initiated and funded by Ford Foundation.
- University of Melbourne researchers
Global China 101
Covering Chinese investment projects in agriculture, infrastructure & technology, energy, green finance, and civic engagementLearn more
Current research projects
Read about current research projects and access resources that will be developed through this network.Read more
The most recent and relevant policies of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).View policies
News & Events
Exciting developments are underway - stay tuned for upcoming articles, events, and networking opportunities that will showcase intriguing news and insights on China. In the meantime, view news from Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies.
Global China 101 project dataset primarily focuses on China’s FDI in Southeast Asia and expanding to other Indo-Pacific regions. With basic information on Chinese investment projects in Agriculture, Infrastructure & Technology, Energy, Green Finance, and Civic Engagement, Global China 101 is a reliable source of knowledge on Chinese government, business sectors, and civil society to engage in BRI.
Current research projects
Transformative hydro-politics: From antidam movements to the revival of new dam schemes in Indonesia
Project led by Associate Professor Xiao Han from Hohai University
China’s palm oil business in Indonesia
Project led by Monica Tan & Karin Qiao-Franco from the University of Melbourne
Civil society engagement with Chinese FDI
Project led by Dr Anthony Spires. Project details coming soon.