Mapping Global China provides maps, datasets, and research on Chinese overseas engagement, including the Belt and Road Initiative, to help understand its impact.

The Mapping Global China project aims to provide a unique perspective on China’s global economic activities through data-driven analysis and research. Our goal is to offer comprehensive datasets, interactive webmaps, and educational resources that enable scholars, policymakers, businesses, students, and the broader public to develop a more nuanced understanding of China’s impact on the world.

We believe that maps provide a unique tool for visualizing the extent and scope of Global China. In our increasingly visual world, maps are essential for communicating and gaining information on international affairs. That’s why our project provides maps, datasets, and research on Chinese overseas engagement, including the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It draws information from various reputable sources, including the Reconnecting Asia Project Database, Hong Kong institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong, AIDDATA GeoQuery, Boston University Global China Dataset, Australian Strategic Policy/International Cyber Policy Center, and projects collected by NYU Shanghai. Each project is linked to satellite images, allowing users to explore the before-and-after transformation of the project areas.

By offering a visual representation, our maps enable users to perceive China’s presence in a new light and facilitate a better understanding of its global activities. Maps are central to the organization of knowledge and have the power to shape our realities. At the core of our project is the recognition that Global China is a complex entity with diverse actors and interests. We acknowledge the nuanced nature of China’s engagement with the world, where projects are influenced by local conditions, norms, environments, and economies. By unpacking these intricacies and examining the past, present, and future trajectory of Global China, we can contribute to more informed policies and decision-making.

We hope that the resources provided on this website, including research briefs and datasets, will expand the debates surrounding Global China and enrich the understanding of this complex phenomenon. Mapping Global China has been made possible through the support of the New York University Humanities Seed Grant and Maria Adele Carrai’s Startup Funds and Research Funds.

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