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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s aid to countries in the Pacific has no political strings attached and is not aimed at any third party, the country’s foreign ministry said on Friday, after a think-tank said China has become the second-largest aid donor in the South Pacific.
China’s $1.3 billon-worth of donations and concessionary loans since 2011 trails Australia’s $6.6 billion, figures compiled by Australia’s Lowy Institute show, but it is more than New Zealand’s $1.2 billion.
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Spending by China, criticized by many of its neighbors for island building in the South China Sea, is almost 9 percent of total aid donations in the South Pacific. If pledged aid is included, China’s promises total $5.9 billion, or nearly a third of all aid pledged to the region’s 14 countries by 62 donors.
“As a developing country, China fully understands the special difficulty Pacific island countries face in achieving sustainable development,” the ministry said in a statement sent to Reuters.
China - Basis - Wishes - Island - Nations
China “provides what aid it can on the basis of respecting the wishes of the island nations without attaching any political conditions, vigorously promoting socio-economic...
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