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Australia, China Pacific aid pact welcomed

Australia, China Pacific aid pact welcomed

Updated 12 April 2013, 11:05 AEST

An accord between Australia and China on the delivery of aid in the Asia-Pacific region has been described as a 'very positive step forward' by one of the region's leading observers of Pacific affairs .

China is a significant aid donor to the Pacific region, but to date it's resisted coordinating its efforts with other major donors.

This has led to concerns that aid recipient nations are doubling up on projects and funding, and are playing donors off against each other.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Annmaree O'Keefe, a former Ambassador for HIV/AIDS and Deputy Director General of Australia's aid agency Ausaid. She's currently with the Lowy Institute.



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