Western Donors Embrace China for African Development

Liberian boys hold up a poster of Hu Jintao, China's president. Photo by: Christopher Herwig / / CC-BY-NC-SA

For many years, China has caused unease in the international community for its investment-driven aid to Africa without strings attached. Though such an apprehension largely remains today, some major development players are showing a more embracing attitude toward the emerging Asian donor.

One of the most vocal is the United Kingdom. In October, Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell indicated that the U.K. wants to partner with China to help end poverty in Africa.

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    Elena L. Pasquini

    Elena Pasquini covers the development work of the European Union as well as various U.N. food and agricultural agencies for Devex News. Based in Rome, she also reports on Italy's aid reforms and attends the European Development Days and other events across Europe. She has interviewed top international development officials, including European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Elena has contributed to Italian and international magazines, newspapers and news portals since 1995.