Cook Islands hosts world first aid project with China | Pacific Beat

Cook Islands hosts world first aid project with China

Cook Islands hosts world first aid project with China

Updated 4 September 2013, 11:58 AEST

The Pacific is the first region in the world to see China work in partnership with another major aid donor.

China has long been criticised for failing to co-operate with other donors, for funding showy infrastructure projects that do little to reduce poverty and for providing soft loans which cause indebtedness.

In the Cook Islands, China has signed an agreement to work jointly with New Zealand and the Cook Islands government on a water improvement project.

Lowy Institute Research Fellow, Dr Philippa Brant, told Jemima Garrett the Pacific has unique attributes which made this project possible.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Lowy Institute Research Associate, Dr Philippa Brant

 

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