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

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OUP Oxford, Nov 19, 2009 - Business & Economics - 397 pages
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Several years ago, China's foreign aid programme emerged from the shadows where it had been operating for more than five decades, igniting a debate within the media and quickly gaining a prominence on the agendas of the major players in the aid debate. This debate and concerns about China'srole as a donor have, to date, largely operated in the dark because few have more than a smattering of information with which to assess the risks and opportunities presented by China's aid and economic engagement in Africa. This is exacerbated by the Chinese tradition of secrecy which continues tofuel misunderstandings, rumor, and speculation about their aid programme.This book analyzes China's aid program and its connection to the broad range of state-sponsored development activities the Chinese call "economic cooperation." It explains what the Chinese are doing in their developmental state-sponsored economic engagement in Africa, how they do it, and why theyare doing it. Based on fieldwork in Africa and China, and dozens of interviews in Washington, Paris, and London, this book fills an important gap. It reviews the debate over the Chinese development model, the "Beijing Consensus", and its appropriateness for other developing countries, and theresponse by leaders of developing countries to China's "strategic engagement." The book frames China's aid as a product of China's own economic and political transitions, and outlines the Chinese aid system in the past and today: its structure in Beijing, the provinces, and overseas. Chinese aidon the ground - including decision-making about projects, aid implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and the effectiveness of Chinese aid - are all central themes in the book.
 

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Contents

The Changing Face of Chinese Engagement in Africa
1
How Chinas Aid Moved from Red to Expert
22
Deng Xiaopings Experiments with Aid
43
Foreign Aid in the Toolkit of a Rising China
71
An Aid System with Chinese Characteristics
105
How Does Chinese Aid and Engagement Work?
131
How Much Aid Does China Give?
162
Chinas Changing Role in African Industrialization
189
From Aid to Agribusiness
232
Chinese Settlers in Rural Africa
253
11 Rogue Donor? Myths and Realities
273
Engaging China
307
Appendices
313
Endnotes
318
Index
385
Copyright

How a Tidal Wave Can also Be a Catalyst
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Deborah Brautigam is currently Associate Professor at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C., she has also held faculty appointments at Columbia University in New York and Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and has been a visiting fellow at theUniversity of Mauritius, the University of Liberia, Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone, and the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway. She is the author of several books and several dozen articles and book chapters on foreign aid, the political economy of development, and the politics ofeconomic policy. Professor Brautigam has been a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Regional Research Award for Africa, and a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Grant, and has been awarded fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and theGerman Marshall Fund.

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