CHINA'S WHITE PAPER ON FOREIGN AID
This month China released its much-awaited second white paper on foreign aid. In recent years, Chinese foreign aid has been a subject of scrutiny. As the world's fastest rising power, China has sharply expanded its foreign aid spending in both scale and scope. Africa and Asia remain the two largest recipient regions; at right, Chinese engineers head out to the field in Cambodia's Areng Valley. The new white paper indicates a gradual shift in China's aid delivery strategy from infrastructure construction to the soft side of capacity building, stimulating considerable interest and debate. Zhou Taidong from our Beijing office blogs on the report's key findings, and why its release "shows a willingness by the Chinese government to be more transparent regarding its aid programs now and in the future."