Monday, June 23, 2008

Chinese Aid in the South Pacific

Earlier this year the Hive got me interested in Chinese aid in the South Pacific.

Fergus Hanson at the Lowy Institute has just finished an exercise in which he attempted to estimate the size and nature of Chinese aid in the region. I have listened to a podcast of his recent talk at the Institute that I can't entirely recommend but the publication is on my reading list.

He estimates that Chinese aid in the region quite possibly exceeds New Zealand's in dollar value and argues that it should be possible to encourage the Chinese to be more transparent and effective in their aid, contrasting this to Chinese aid activities in Africa that are largely focussed on access to mineral resources.

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