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Vol 2 (AAC) No 7

Published 1st May 2009

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On 7 May, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a long-delayed white paper on foreign aid confirming what Taipei's allies are keenly aware of: Taiwan's foreign aid has dropped in the last year. Overseas development assistance to Taiwan's 23 allies was US$430 mn. in 2008, or 0.11% of gross domestic product, down from 0.14% in 2007. The loss of ties with Malawi in December 2007 accounts for some of the decline. Of this aid, 66% went to infrastructure development and 11% to technical assistance, with education, humanitarian assistance and other programmes making up the balance.

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