Sunday, May 22, 2011

Chinese development aid to Africa

Here is an article from Roger Thurow comparing the US's foreign development aid to China's (especially in terms of aid to Africa). Essentially the US is still a far larger donor to international development projects than is China, and there are questions about the ethics, transparency, and modality of Chinese aid. The US also has the bold long-term vision of Obama's Feed the Future initiative to its credit. This initiative posits global food security and agricultural development as central axes of US foreign policy. However, while the US is debating drastic cuts to foreign development aid, China is aiming to steadily increase aid, especially agricultural development aid, and especially to Africa.

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