An editorial in the China Daily by Jiang Yong on 23 October entitled China is on the right path to development, discusses the shift in economic power from Europe and North America to Asia and the developing world. There is no doubt that this trend is happening as manufacturing and service industries continue to grow across some developing nations. As a leading nation in this growth and an emerging economic model for developing nations, Jiang Yong also discusses the calls for China to assume more responsibility in global economic affairs. Jiang Yong does a reasonable job of analyzing these calls as either subjective or objective, stressing that China should shoulder some responsibilities but not at the cost of current domestic polices. However, Jiang Yong neglects to mention the importance of China as not only a model of economic development, but also of human development. As Chinese aid to Africa and Asia increases so does China’s responsibility to demonstrate equitable human development policies.
China recently celebrated 15 years of developmental cooperation with Israel through its MASHAV projects and on 28 October Jordan’s King Abdullah praised China’s model of development in an interview with Xinhua. These two events indicate that China is in a position to work with a wide variety of nations. Therefore if economic power is shifting and aid is set to shift from traditional donors to emerging developing nations, then China is in a powerful position to model equitable domestic human development polices. The reassessment of on-going interventions such as the Great West Development to serve the needs of China’s poorest citizens would go some way to beginning China’s global responsibility in human development.