The Link between Aid and Non-Aid Activities: A Distinguishing Feature of China’s Engagement
As China receives increasing international attention as an emerging donor, there is also much criticism of its foreign aid. It has been said that China is pouring massive amounts of money into Africa and is even offering a helping hand to some of the continent’s dictators and rogue states in order to secure enough natural resources to maintain its high economic growth rates. Its involvement in Africa is supposedly also leading to a decline in local industries through the transfer of Chinese workers to implement diverse international cooperation projects that can inflict great damage on a recipient country’s environment. Moreover, the agencies and firms implementing China’s foreign aid seem to have made a concerted effort to realize the country’s national interests under the direction of the Chinese government. On occasion, therefore, China’s practice in developing countries is criticized as neocolonialism. 1
KeywordsForeign Direct Investment Economic Cooperation Foreign Currency Labour Service Official Development Assistance
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