Approaches to Foreign Aid from China and the United States: Prospects for Developmentally Delayed Pakistan

Key Points:

  • Since WWII, Pakistan has experienced the unnecessary duress of becoming party to the conflict or showing affinity for one specific country.
  • Although Chinese foreign aid is quickly expanding, it is still difficult to determine the nature and scope of the assistance because Chinese government is defensive by terming all documents as “classified material” until as recently as 2011.
  • Beijing “prefers to present its actions in terms of two-way exchanges and two-sided cooperation”
  • The eight guiding principles of Chinese international aid reflect its intellectual foresightedness. Foreign help in China ranges from military and technical assistance to low-cost investments and the delivery of Chinese-made equipment and supplies.
  • States (civilian agencies and military institutions), commercial enterprises, philanthropic institutions, and intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations (UN) are among the recipients of the US foreign aid in developing countries.
  • The approaches adopted by the United States (US) and China are both justifiable differently.

Tauseef Javed

Tauseef Javed works at the Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research (CSCR) as a Research Associate. He is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Fujian Normal University in Fuzhou, China. His research focuses on international relations, history, and area studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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