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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

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Dec 14th, 2014 at 03:46:36 PM EST
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