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Handbook on China and Developing Countries

Handbook on China and Developing Countries

Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China series

Edited by Carla P. Freeman

This Handbook explores the rapidly evolving and increasingly multifaceted relations between China and developing countries. Cutting-edge analyses by leading experts from around the world critically assess such timely issues as the ‘China model’, Beijing’s role in international development assistance, Chinese peacekeeping and South-South relations, and developing countries and the internationalization of the renminbi. Chapters also examine China’s engagement with individual countries and regions throughout the developing world. For scholars, practitioners, and postgraduates, the volume’s breadth and depth of coverage will inform and guide present and future analysis.

Chapter 9: Official development finance with Chinese characteristics: development cooperation between China and Africa

Cheng Cheng

Subjects: asian studies, asian development, asian politics and policy, development studies, asian development, development studies, politics and public policy, asian politics, international politics


What we have here – in states like China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela – are regimes that . . . collectively represent a threat to healthy, sustainable development. Worse, they are effectively pricing responsible and well-meaning aid organizations out of the market in the very places where they are needed most. If they continue to succeed in pushing their alternative development model, they will succeed in underwriting a world that is more corrupt, chaotic, and authoritarian. China’s engagement with Africa has captured the headlines of the global media in recent years. Labels describing Chinese activities on the continent from ‘neo-colonialist,’ to ‘land grabbing’ or ‘rogue donor’ have gone hand in hand with images of Chinese engagement featuring insatiable state-owned petroleum companies, tens of thousands of migrant workers, many illegal, living in solitary compounds, or huge construction crews and their machines building new infrastructures across the continent from dawn through dark, with often harmful impacts on the local environment and communities. Reports convey a sense that China is buying the continent with overwhelming financial inflows, displacing traditional economic and development partners.

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