Blurred Lines - The Definition of Aid: An Examination of the Chinese Aid Model

Maria Lindholt, Simon Hilstrøm, Mads Anker Nielsen, August Emil Gade & Ewaa Electra Koczorowska

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This paper investigates how Chinese development financing to Tanzania, and Africa
in general fits into previously formulated ideals of development assistance by the
West. Within the analytical framework of the applied theories it is concluded that
there are both similarities and disparities present and that the Chinese practices are
both criticisable and praisable. On one hand the Chinese model of aid has managed to
separate itself from traditional notions of aid that focuses heavily on imposing political
and economic reforms on recipient nations. Instead the aid is based on equality and
mutual benefits, at least from a normative viewpoint, receiving acclaim by some
international observers in the process. Conflicting this positive response is the
numerous accusals of China being merely a ‘wolf in sheep's clothing’, arguably
repeating the neo-colonialism exercised by former colonial powers and primarily being
concerned with its own gains. Throughout an examination of these claims it has been
concluded that they encompass a certain degree of truth. Chinese development
financing is seemingly of a two sided nature being both rooted in the principles of
South-South Development Cooperation as well as focused on securing natural
resources for Chinese industry. Finally, the findings of the project shows that making
a conclusive assessment on the motivations for Chinese development aid is severely
hindered by their reluctance of publishing any specific details regarding their

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Antal sider78
VejledereJohanna Hood