Following the Dragon’s Footprints: CIGI releases new book on China & the G20

Press Release

August 24, 2016

25 August 2016 – As China prepares to host its first Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Hangzhou, a new book from Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Chinese foreign policy expert Alex He takes a close look at the country’s rise to become one of the most active and influential players in global economic governance.

Following the 2008 global financial crisis, China has left its footprints all over the international financial and monetary system, steadily increasing its role and prestige in key macroeconomic forums like the G20, scaling up its involvement in global trade governance, and participating heavily within multilateral development banks.

The Dragon’s Footprints delves into the strategy, goals and agenda behind China’s increased engagement in the G20. In the book, Alex He provides a Chinese perspective on what the country has learned – and gained – from its experience shaping global economic governance.

“Correctly engaging China within global economic governance fora, such as the G20, offers substantial benefits for all actors within the global economy,” said author Alex He. “By continuing to offer a significant institutional setting where China can operate on par with major Western powers, the G20 has allowed China to continue to constructively contribute to solutions and dialogue within the current system of global economic governance.”

The Dragon’s Footprints is available today in English, with a Mandarin version to follow in September. Following today’s launch in Beijing, the book will also be presented at the Beijing International Book Fair hosted by the Chinese Social Sciences Press on August 25th,  and then in Shanghai on August 31st by the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS).

For more information about the book, and to order a copy today, please visit:


Sean Zohar, Communications Advisor

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