Chinese Assistance in the Pacific: Agency, Effectiveness and the Role of Pacific Island Governments

Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies (APPS), Vol. 1, No. 2, May 2014

15 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2014

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Matthew Dornan

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Philippa Brant

Lowy Institute for International Policy

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Chinese development assistance in the Pacific has attracted increasing attention since the 1st China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forum in 2006, at which China announced US$492 million in concessional loans to the region. Another US$1 billion in concessional loans was announced at the 2nd China-Pacific Forum in 2013. This article explores how Pacific island governments negotiate and oversee the implementation of Chinese official development assistance in four Pacific Island case study countries where assistance has been significant: Tonga, Vanuatu, Samoa and the Cook Islands. We argue that the way in which governments have pursued, overseen and implemented projects has differed considerably, and is an important determinant of the effectiveness and developmental impact of Chinese assistance.

Keywords: Chinese aid; Pacific Island countries; China Eximbank; development assistance; Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Suggested Citation

Dornan, Matthew and Brant, Philippa, Chinese Assistance in the Pacific: Agency, Effectiveness and the Role of Pacific Island Governments (2014). Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies (APPS), Vol. 1, No. 2, May 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2507008

Matthew Dornan (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

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Australia

HOME PAGE: http://crawford.anu.edu.au/crawford_people/content/staff/mdornan.php

Philippa Brant

Lowy Institute for International Policy ( email )

31 Bligh Street
Sydney, NSW
Australia

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