China's economic transformation presents new challenges both for the country's rapidly changing society and for the government, which has undertaken reforms to promote the rule of law, curb corruption, improve the environment, and encourage more broad-based development. To help address these challenges and contribute to reforms, we work in law and governance, environmental protection, women's empowerment, disaster management, and constructive regional cooperation and U.S.-China relations. Read country overview.
CRITICAL ISSUE: DISASTER MANAGEMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
China has long faced the threat of natural disasters, so we are actively working with national and local government agencies and local communities to foster a culture of disaster preparedness. Local officials and community leaders in six plot provinces are now applying disaster risk reduction skills and training their peers to mitigate community-level disaster risks. Recognizing the potential to significantly improve the resiliency of communities against disasters, the Chinese government utilized project experiences to formulate standards for a national system of community-based disaster reduction; named several of the pilot communities as models for the system; and shared the project experiences across the country. By the end of 2013, there were more than 5,400 prepared communities, already surpassing the government's goal of 5,000 by 2015. Our office in Beijing is also building on these domestically focused efforts to support China in improving the country's approach to foreign disaster assistance through enhanced understanding of and dialogue with established donor countries.