The UK’s aid engagement with China

A forthcoming information note that will provide a factual account of the UK’s financial and strategic engagement with China on development issues.

  1. Status: In progress
  2. Last updated: 11 November 2020
  3. Type: Information note
  4. Subject: Transitioning development partnerships
  5. Location: China
  6. Lead commissioner: Sir Hugh Bayley

Latest news

We have published more details on our proposed approach for this information note, and we expect to publish in spring 2021.

Summary

China’s development progress over the last three decades has re-shaped its status and role in the international community. Although China is still defined as a developing country, it plays an increasingly important role in the developing world as a donor, investor and trading partner.

In 2011, the former Department for International Development (DFID) announced it would no longer provide official development assistance (ODA) to China, or support its domestic development. Instead, it would work with China to shape its role in the world, including its engagement with Africa and other developing regions – and in 2015, a new partnership between the UK and China was announced to tackle global development issues.

Other government departments, including the former Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Prosperity Fund, have continued to spend aid in China on its domestic development challenges across a wide range of sectors. Information in the public domain about this aid spend is limited.

This information note will provide a factual account of the UK’s financial and strategic engagement with China on development issues, and explore how this engagement fits into the UK’s wider foreign policy approach. As an information note, it will not make evaluative judgments or make recommendations.

Timeline

Approach

Published 11 November 2020

Evidence gathering

Ongoing

Information note publication

Expected spring 2021

Further scrutiny

Details to be confirmed