In contrast to the growing profile of the Chinese government in global governance, the engagement of Chinese industrial actors in global rule making is quite limited and uneven. Some Chinese industrial leaders have shown an ambition to participate in global rule making in their respective realms; most of the others still lack interest or capacity. This policy brief identifies three plausible sources of variation among the Chinese industrial actors. It offers suggestions to Chinese industrial actors and to those concerned about China’s role in global governance, with the purpose of reducing misunderstanding and building trust between Chinese industrial actors and businesses, regulators, non-governmental organizations and stakeholders from other parts of the world in developing global standards for good governance.

  • Hanzhi Yu is a research fellow in the School of Public Affairs at Zhejiang University, China. Prior to joining Zhejiang University, Hanzhi was a post-doctoral fellow in the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and a visiting scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo during 2017-2018. Her research field is global governance and global public policy, specifically focusing on the non-state actors’ engagement in global affairs and the governance issues of emerging technologies.

  • Hongying Wang (王红缨) is a CIGI senior fellow and teaches political science at the University of Waterloo. She studies Chinese politics and foreign policy as well as international political economy.