William and Mary

Phoebe Benich

PIPS Fellow

Policy Brief Summary

China has contributed significant resources through official development assistance and investment toward African development. Conventional wisdom holds that Chinese foreign aid and investment in Africa generates public good will, which could translate into greater influence. However, there is growing evidence that China’s failure to take into account the economic needs of locals and the human rights practices of governments has led to growing popular discontent. This paper examines this growing discontent and analyzes policy alternatives for the United States.