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Indeed the second paragraph I quoted, though doubtless the work of a Euractiv desk editor, reads like a dead give-away of hypocrisy regarding embezzlement of Western aid by the same elites. However, this is still a valid counter to naive people who believe that Chinese development aid is somehow a better alternative to the West's.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Dec 14th, 2014 at 02:13:27 PM EST
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I don't think you necessarily need to be naive to believe that Chinese aid is usually a better alternative. Simply having alternatives will tend to improve the bargaining power of the recipient country, which can hardly fail to improve the quality of the aid. Add to this the fact that China, as the geopolitical underdog and new entrant in most of these countries, normally does have to offer better deals.

Of course "better than the British Empire" is not precisely an impressively challenging bar to clear.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Dec 14th, 2014 at 03:46:36 PM EST
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well, it could have been say th Congo Free State...

the first PPP in world history.

by IM on Sun Dec 14th, 2014 at 04:09:05 PM EST
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