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How Beijing managed to calm protests fast

In view of nation-wide rallies, China reversed its zero-covid policy

International finance institutions

Two multilateral banks based in China

What the NDB and AIIB have in common – and how they differ

International relations

A brief history of the BRICS

Why Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa as a group are no real counterweight to the US-led G7


Why Xi Jinping’s government is weaker than it seems

If you think China is the irresistibly rising world power, spare a thought for Oscar winner Chloé Zhao

Development finance

China is offering alternatives to IMF programmes

Why it may be a good thing that Chinese lending is reducing the clout of the IMF

CO2 emissions

Make Xi keep his climate promises

Environmental experts assess China’s CO2 emissions in report published by Heinrich Böll Foundation

Bilateral lending

Understanding Chinese development loans

Chinese agencies’ responsibilities are more transparent than generally assumed

Public finance

In the driver’s seat

African governments must make economies more productive, gear them to sustainability and ensure their own financial viability

Political systems

Fighting poverty

The comparison of India with China shows that formal democracy does not necessarily lead to more development-oriented governance

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