Friday, 22 June 2007
Two contrasting articles:
China reviews aid policy as its global might grows
A poignant article looking at how China will attempt to streamline its foreign aid policies to focus its diplomatic strengths. This glimpse compliments a slew of reports over the last weeks, looking at the exponential rise of (visible) Chinese projects, often bilateral in nature, with very commercial (i.e. not development) terms of engagement. Is the infighting amongst Chinese Ministries such a particular challenge?
U.S. House puts conditions on Afghan aid
'U.S. lawmakers voted on Wednesday to bar U.S. government aid to areas of Afghanistan where officials are engaged in the drug trade or helping insurgents, brushing aside Bush administration protests against such conditions.'