By D. Bräutigam

When you consider that 1957, greater than forty five African nations have got reduction from China, but till lately little has been identified in regards to the effectiveness or influence of this advice. Bräutigam presents the 1st authoritative account of China's adventure as an reduction donor in rural Africa. In an in depth and hugely readable research, the writer attracts on anthropology, economics, association thought and political technological know-how to provide an explanation for how China's family schedule formed the layout of its relief, and the way family politics in African international locations encouraged its consequence.

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China has also used its aid program to boost the legitimacy of the government in Beijing by issuing reports showing how appreciated Chinese assistance is in recipient countries. 2 And finally, Chinese aid has served China's own economy, both as a stimulus for Chinese exports, and more recently, as an advertisement of Chinese skills and abilities, a loss-leader for future construction business. China offers foreign aid for a variety of motives, and the mission and methods of China's assistance program have changed strikingly over time.

3 Chinese Aid in Africa To commemorate his present visit to China, his second in eight years, President Moi donated to the Chinese government two giraffes 'as a token gesture to signify a mark of continued goodwill between the peoples of the two countries'. Daily Nation (Nairobi), 5 October 1988 China's relations with Africa began almost six centuries ago with a ceremonial exchange of gifts. In 1415, Chinese explorers brought shiploads of Chinese porcelains, silks, pepper and rice to the East African coast, and in return, the Kenyan town of Malindi sent a single giraffe, followed by zebras, lions, frankincense and rare spices.

Their subsequent growth, or decline, was strongly affected by institutional factors within national agricultural systems, and by the interplay of political and economic strategies for state-building and the preservation of existing regimes in the three West African countries. This examination of Chinese foreign aid adds the Chinese experience to the understanding of foreign aid and agricultural development in Africa. By analyzing the design, implementation and impact of China's green revolution exports, this study sheds new light on the much neglected phenomenon of a developing country undertaking to transfer agricultural technologies which have worked well in Asia to the different physical and cultural environment of Africa.

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