Earlier today 11 Chinese workers were released by a rebel group in Sudan. Last week the new African Union headquarters opened in Ethiopia, funded and built by China. While their money travels aound the world, the stories we hear about Chinese aid point to a certain “rogue” or “bad-guy” element in that country’s activity. It is also talked about like a new phenomenon, a side-effect of China’s booming economy and looming power around the world. But what do the facts tell us, and what have researchers discovered about Chinese aid in reality. Is it so special and new? What about the allegations of underhanded goals and shady dealings. Today on the UA Podcast we hear from researcher Andreas Fuchs from Heidelberg University who has published research on this very issue. His data and conclusions, may surprise you.
Reference: Axel Dreher & Andreas Fuchs, 2011. Rogue Aid? The Determinants of China’s Aid Allocation,
Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth – Discussion Papers 93, Courant Research Centre PEG.
Axel Dreher, & Andreas Fuchs (2011). Rogue Aid? The Determinants of China’s Aid Allocation Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth – Discussion Papers