The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa

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OUP Oxford, Nov 19, 2009 - Business & Economics - 416 pages
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Is China a rogue donor, as some media pundits suggest? Or is China helping the developing world pave a pathway out of poverty, as the Chinese claim? In the last few years, China's aid program has leapt out of the shadows. Media reports about huge aid packages, support for pariah regimes, regiments of Chinese labor, and the ruthless exploitation of workers and natural resources in some of the poorest countries in the world sparked fierce debates. These debates, however, took place with very few hard facts. China's tradition of secrecy about its aid fueled rumors and speculation, making it difficult to gauge the risks and opportunities provided by China's growing embrace. This well-timed book, by one of the world's leading experts, provides the first comprehensive account of China's aid and economic cooperation overseas. Deborah Brautigam tackles the myths and realities, explaining what the Chinese are doing, how they do it, how much aid they give, and how it all fits into their "going global" strategy. Drawing on three decades of experience in China and Africa, and hundreds of interviews in Africa, China, Europe and the US, Brautigam shines new light on a topic of great interest. China has ended poverty for hundreds of millions of its own citizens. Will Chinese engagement benefit Africa? Using hard data and a series of vivid stories ranging across agriculture, industry, natural resources, and governance, Brautigam's fascinating book provides an answer. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with China's rise, and what it might mean for the challenge of ending poverty in Africa.

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Review: The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa

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If you only read one book on the subject of China's engagement with Africa, this should be it. Brautigam does an excellent job of parsing out fact from fiction and giving readers a clear-eyed view of ... Read full review

Review: The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa

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The book's opening chapters can feel muddled and contradictory. There is a defensive tone to more of the discussion and analysis than is necessary, which stunts both. That being said, the book also ... Read full review

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