China’s increasing global health engagement

China has historically been a recipient of development assistance and funding, but this is changing with China’s economic development, the country’s continuing rise, and with increasing pressures on aid budgets. Alongside trade, investment and infrastructure, health is becoming an area to watch. How will China engage, and how should existing donors work with this new entrant to the global health scene?

This short policy note was prepared as part of the evaluation of the China-UK Global Health Support Programme, a DFID programme supporting greater overseas Chinese engagement in health through capacity building, policy support and piloting of overseas health interventions by Chinese agencies. The note analyses recent commitments and emerging trends in China’s overseas health engagement as a background for engagement with China as a global health actor.

Find out more about our work on the Evaluation of the China-UK Global Health Support Programme.