Policy Briefs | 22 July 2009

China: stumbling through the Pacific

A new Policy Brief on China's aid program in the Pacific provides the most detailed picture yet of China's approach to aid-giving in the region. 

Fergus Hanson

  • Fergus Hanson

A new Policy Brief on China's aid program in the Pacific provides the most detailed picture yet of China's approach to aid-giving in the region. 

Fergus Hanson

  • Fergus Hanson
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Executive Summary

The Policy Brief suggests China is mired in a vicious cycle of short-termism that is a legacy of its long-running diplomatic battle with Taiwan. Its aid-giving is unpredictable, secretive and takes no account of recurring costs or debt burdening. The recent diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan offers China a chance to refocus its program towards longer-term development goals that also better serve Chinese national interests.

Download the Policy Brief here.