Aid, Emerging Economies and Global Policies
China’s Foreign Aid and Its Role in the International Architecture
- Translation(s) of this article:
- L’aide étrangère de la Chine dans l’architecture de l’aide internationale
Though China has long been an aid provider, the recent and remarkable surge in China’s foreign aid has important implications for the global aid architecture. It relies on aid principles that diverge in many ways from those of traditional Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donor countries, particularly in relation to non-interference, mutual benefit and non-conditionality. China’s foreign aid also relies on a mixing of economic cooperation, trade and investment deals.
While several Western scholars have examined the Chinese development cooperation system, few voices from China have been heard in European and North American journals and media. This chapter aims to offer a Chinese perspective on the evolution of China’s foreign aid. It focuses on the aid principles that have thus far informed Chinese development assistance, highlighting the successful outcomes achieved so far in Africa and South-East Asia. The chapter also addresses the main shortcomings of the Chinese approach, by recommending the improvement of institutional transparency, and strengthening of dialogue with DAC donors, all with a view towards learning from past experiences and exchanging best practices.
Thematic keywords :history, official development assistance (ODA), international cooperation, emerging economies, aid effectiveness, policy coherence, economic | development history, geopolitics, technology transfer, global public policies, poverty, transparency and accountability, foreign policy, South-South cooperation, bilateral cooperation, conditionalities
Institutional keywords :World Trade Organization (WTO)
Meibo Huang and Peiqiang Ren, « China’s Foreign Aid and Its Role in the International Architecture », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 3 | 2012, Online since 27 March 2012, connection on 20 May 2013. URL : http://poldev.revues.org/1004 ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.1004Top of page
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