China’s Ambition in Global Development Aid Governance

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New Institution and New Rules? China’s Ambition in Global Development Aid Governance

Lai-Ha Chan
University of Technology, Sydney

12pm-1:30pm, Tuesday 8 March
W6A, level 4 seminar room, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University

In June 2015, the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was officially launched with 57 founding members, including some American key allies, such as Australia, the UK, and Germany. The AIIB initiative was seen as a reactive response to the refusal by the West, mainly the US, to accord the rise of China and other emerging economies in today’s global governance structures.  By studying the possible impact of the AIIB on the guiding principles of global development assistance, this research mainly asks: Will and can China capitalize on the new institution to re-write the prevailing rules of development aid governance, promoting a paradigm shift away from the OECD-DAC rules and posing a challenge to the liberal international order? And, why do China’s own norms (not) matter in the global governance of development assistance?


Lai-Ha Chan is Senior Lecturer in the Social and Political Sciences Programme, School of Communication, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on China and global governance, including issues ranging from global health, peace and security, environmental protection, global financial order, and development aid. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Department of History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. She is the author of China Engages Global Health Governance: Responsible Stakeholder or System-Transformer? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and a co-author of China Engages Global Governance: A New World Order in the Making? (Routledge, 2012; with Gerald Chan and Pak K. Lee). Other publications have appeared in the Australian Journal of International Relations (2016), Global Governance (2014), Review of International Studies (2012), PLoS Medicine (2010), Global Public Health (2009), Third World Quarterly (2008), and an award-winning article at Contemporary Politics (2008).