China Says Pacific Aid Has No Political Strings

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BEIJING – China’s aid to countries in the Pacific has no political strings attached and is not aimed at any third party, the country’s foreign ministry said on Friday, after a think-tank said China has become the second-largest aid donor in the South Pacific.

China’s $1.3 billon-worth of donations and concessionary loans since 2011 trails Australia’s $6.6 billion, figures compiled by Australia’s Lowy Institute show, but it is more than New Zealand’s $1.2 billion.

Spending by China, criticized by many of its neighbors for island building in the South China Sea, is almost 9 percent of total aid donations in the South Pacific. If pledged aid is included, China’s promises total $5.9 billion, or nearly a third of all aid pledged to the region’s 14 countries by 62 donors.




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