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Evaluation of the effectiveness of the World Bank's analytical and advisory services to China since 1990 (English)

This background report reviews the World Bank's involvement in China's reform and economic development, and its contribution to policy research in that regard. An evaluation on the Bank's present role in China and existing problems will follow. The World Bank began its activities in China in 1982. During the two decades since then, it has taken part in China's economic and social development through project investment; at the same time it deeply influenced the Chinese government in the policy-making process through the Bank sponsored research and consultation activities. The Bank reports on China in the 1980s have been highly appraised. However, the World Bank's position in China's policy-making is on a down slope since the mid-1990s after reaching the peak of its reputation in the 1980s. No doubt that over the years China has accumulated its own expertise, while The World Bank seems to have been relaxing its high-level connection with China's policy makers. The Bank never changed its objectives in promoting China's reform and economic and social development, but its influence in China today is disproportionate to its reputed funding and manpower, to its superiority in development research.


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    Mai,Lu Aung

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    Evaluation of the effectiveness of the World Bank's analytical and advisory services to China since 1990

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Mai,Lu Aung

Evaluation of the effectiveness of the World Bank's analytical and advisory services to China since 1990 (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.