Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies

Video Policy Briefs

CPI/IAPS Video Policy Briefs are an innovative and distinct form of policy engagement with external stakeholders. Strategically targeted, timely video recordings with appropriate academic experts addressing stakeholder are recorded by an experienced filmmaker (CPI Fellow Dr Fulda) and released directly to stakeholders. The video briefs are recorded vertically and are best viewed in full size on smart phones and tablets.

CPI/IAPS Video Policy Brief number two: Civil Society as a Challenge to Chinese Development Assistance in Myanmar - Dr Jennifer Hsu

In this policy brief Dr Jennifer Y.J. Hsu looks at the role and challenges of Chinese development assistance in Myanmar.

The development landscape is shifting. China's emergence as a non-traditional development donor is challenging traditional donor countries, such as Australia, Canada, UK and US, part of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). After years of ambivalence, Beijing is renewing its relations with its Southeast Asian neighbours in trade and development co-operation.

At present, Chinese development assistance focuses on non-interference, mutual benefit, infrastructure-led growth and demand driven co-operation. In Southeast Asia, China has provided a full range of development assistance including soft loans, debt cancellation and interest free loans. Moreover, the Chinese state has actively assisted and invested in Southeast Asian nations' infrastructure. In the case of Myanmar, China is a long-term economic partner and ally but this partnership is being challenged by Myanmar's democratisation.



CPI/IAPS Video Policy Brief number one: China's Overseas NGO Law - Dr Andreas Fulda

In this policy brief Dr Andreas Fulda discusses China's controversial new law regulating the activities of foreign non-profit organisations (NPOs), which came into effect on 1 January 2017. Under the Overseas NGO Law, foreign NPOs will have to meet very stringent registration and reporting guidelines, raising concerns about China's lack of progress towards good governance and the rule of law.

Critics have taken issue with the fact that the law brings foreign NPOs and their operations under the jurisdiction of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security (MPS). This leads to a over-politicisation of the civil society sector in China. Chinese officials seem to consider foreign NPOs and their Chinese partners as potentially undermining the authority of the Chinese Communist Party.

The law is indicative of a global trend restricting the political space available for civil society in countries as disparate as India, Israel, Russia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Cambodia. It radically alters the terms of China engagement for foreign NPOs and is intended to be a game changer.

Further reading

Andreas Fulda (2017), A new law in China is threatening the work of international NGOs, The Conversation, 6 January 2017, Available online:


Disclaimer: Views and assessments articulated in the CPI/IAPS Video Policy Briefs are that of the author/s. They do not necessarily represent the views of the China Policy Institute and/or the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies at the University of Nottingham.


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