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“Unlocking the Black Box” of Chinese Development Aid: A View From France

Chinese overseas development aid and finance remains something of a mystery to many outside observers. The opacity of the Chinese system, combined with large language and cultural differences often lead international stakeholders to complain that it’s difficult to distinguish between Chinese aid, concessional financing, and market-based lending/investments.

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