Research Summary: China and the Western Donors: More Similar than Different?

Date Published

Oct 1, 2015

Authors

Tanya Sethi

Publisher

Citation

Dreher, Axel, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks, Austin M. Strange, and Michael J. Tierney. 2015. Apples and Dragon Fruits: The Determinants of Aid and Other Forms of State Financing from China to Africa. AidData Working Paper #15. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary. 

Update: A revised version of the paper this research summary covers has been published in International Studies Quarterly.

Research Summary: China and the Western Donors: More Similar than Different?

Date Published

Oct 1, 2015

Authors

Tanya Sethi

Citation

Dreher, Axel, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks, Austin M. Strange, and Michael J. Tierney. 2015. Apples and Dragon Fruits: The Determinants of Aid and Other Forms of State Financing from China to Africa. AidData Working Paper #15. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary. 

A rapid expansion in Chinese“aid”over the last  fifteen years has sparked controversy about Beijing’s underlying motives – in particular, whether it is seeking to acquire natural resources, advance its commercial interests, or purchase the allegiance of political leaders in the developing world. However, much of this is rooted in a failure to distinguish between China’s official development assistance (ODA) and more commercially oriented types of state financing. Using a new database on China’s official financing commitments to Africa from 2000-2013, this analysis suggests that Beijing’s motives may not be substantially different from those shaping the allocation of Western official finance.