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Vol 4 (AAC) No 7

Published 1st May 2011

Give without counting

The Chinese government is slowly changing its aid reporting statistics so that its programmes can be compared to those of other donors

It began with ‘China is a developing country’ and ended by shedding some – but not much – light on Beijing’s global aid programmes. In April, China’s State Council released the government’s first official report on its overseas development assistance, of which Africa is the largest recipient. Secrecy has been key to Chinese aid because the ideals of brotherhood and equality go against the idea of one poor country receiving more than another.

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