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China’s Aid to Africa: Monster or Messiah?



Brookings published in January 2014 an analysis titled “China’s Aid to Africa: Monster or Messiah?” by Yun Sun, East Asia fellow at the Stimson Center. She concludes that the intention of China’s aid to Africa is benign but not altruistic. China does not seek to use aid to influence the domestic politics of African countries or dictate policies. But Chinese projects create access to Africa’s natural resources and local markets, business opportunities for Chinese companies and employment for Chinese laborers. China’s comprehensive, multi-dimensional aid to Africa defies simplistic categorization.