New study examines the effectiveness of Chinese aid to the Pacific | Pacific Beat

New study examines the effectiveness of Chinese aid to the Pacific

New study examines the effectiveness of Chinese aid to the Pacific

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:16 AEST

New research shows Pacific countries are becoming better at getting what they want from Chinese aid, but substantial problems remain.

Most Chinese aid comes in soft loans for infrastructure projects and high-impact government buildings.

Large quantities of money started flowing to the region from 2006 when then Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged $500 million in concessional finance.

Last year Beijing pledged a billion dollars.

But China has been criticised for its unwillingness to get involved with the aid co-ordination efforts of Pacific countries and other donors, for its lack of transparency and its insistence on using Chinese workers.

Matt Dornan, a Research Fellow at the Austalian National University's Development Policy Centre, has just completed a study of the effectiveness of Chinese aid.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Matt Dornan, research fellow, Development Policy Centre, Austalian National University

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