The Geopolitics of Chinese Aid

Mapping Beijing’s Funding in the Pacific

Philippa Brant
China's President Xi Jinping speaks in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, November 17, 2014.
China's President Xi Jinping speaks in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, November 17, 2014. (David Gray / Courtesy Reuters)
Over the past few years, China's aid to Pacific Island countries has increased, but few understand the full amount of money Beijing has given to its neighbors. Here's where the money has gone.
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Christopher Sabatini
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Zambia's Uncertain Future

Vito Laterza and Patience Mususa
Zambia is managing a boom in its copper mining industry and is on the verge of repaying its international debts. Political uncertainty following President Michael Sata's death, however, could unravel the country's progress.
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