Thursday, October 12, 2017

China's Foreign Aid Runs In The Billions Of Dollars

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Washington Post: China treats its foreign aid like a state secret. New research aims to reveal it.

Since the turn of the century, China has become an unavoidable global provider of foreign assistance, funding everything from opera houses in Algeria to tobacco farms in Zimbabwe.

Try to find in-depth data about these projects, however, and you are mostly out of luck. China treats its foreign assistance budget like a state secret, refusing to work with international bodies that try to coordinate and quantify foreign development funding. In part due to this paucity of information, a reputation has spread among Western critics that China is a “rogue donor” — one that lavishes illiberal regimes with cash to plunder raw materials for its own growth.

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WNU Editor: There are a lot of strings attached to that aid.

More News On China's Foreign Aid Programs

China close to matching US in foreign aid flow — but often with Beijing's own interests in mind -- CNBC
China's secret aid empire uncovered -- BBC News
Russia Is the Biggest Recipient of Chinese Foreign Aid -- Foreign Policy
Your Buddy in Beijing: China’s Secretive $360 Billion Foreign Aid Program Mapped -- Sputnik
Chinese Foreign Aid “Clearly About China's Self-interest” -- China Digital Times
No, China is not about to become the world's largest aid donor -- Quartz

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