China’s Aid Flows and Mechanisms
In recent years, there has been much discussion about Chinese aid. However, understanding how much, where, what and why is challenging for a range of reasons, including lack of definitive, disaggregated data and the different forms of development financing China uses. This has led to some misperceptions and stereotypes around Chinese aid’s motivations and mechanisms. In April 2011, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) released its first Foreign Aid White Paper, which indicates efforts towards increased openness. It is likely that a second White Paper will be published in 2013.