China as a Development Actor in Southeast Asia

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Publication Date: 
30 April 2016
Author: 
Neil Renwick
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China as a Development Actor in Southeast Asia was published by Institute of Development Studies on April 6th. 

This Evidence Report finds that, since the coming into office of President Xi Jinping, Southeast Asia has gained additional importance in Chinese foreign relations as a key region in the twenty-first century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) initiative. According to the Chinese government, China’s economic cooperation and its development assistance provides investment and logistical know-how, skills and experience to undertake infrastructure capacity building in Southeast Asia. This report concludes that: (1) Southeast Asia’s policy portfolio would be strengthened through enhanced multilateral and national economic diversification strategies; (2) Sino-regional development partnerships can draw upon the new post-2015 global development agenda to strengthen trilateral cooperation.