China Program Background
AFSC brought 14 experts and practitioners of conflict resolution from 11 nations to Chongqing.
China and the world
China’s influence as an economic superpower
It's a topic of fierce debate. This AFSC-authored editorial provides an alternative view on how America could respond.
Avoiding an Energy War with China, April 2008 (PDF, 212KB)
Overseas investment and foreign assistance
In many parts of the world China’s aid, trade, and foreign investment are having major impact. This is especially true in Southeast Asia and Africa. Despite all the economic activity, there is little opportunity for civil society representatives from these regions to interact with Chinese companies and officials. AFSC is helping to change this by building direct links between influential Chinese and local organizations in parts of Southeast Asia and Africa. Study tours and other opportunities for exchange are helping to improve understanding.
China Engagement in Africa (PDF, 362KB)
Economic growth has led to large scale migration to urban areas. Many of these migrants, especially young rural women, are vulnerable to exploitation. AFSC’s "Go With You" program provided information to thousands of young women in Hunan, supported a telephone hotline, and shaped provincial migration policy.
“Left behind children”
Children who remain in their rural village when parents and older siblings migrate to cities for work face emotional, academic, and social problems. AFSC's staff members in Hunan province have organized a weekend volunteer program for one rural community with long ties to AFSC.