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Austin Strange is a Research Associate at AidData, where he helps lead a media-based data collection (MBDC) initiative cataloguing China's aid and investment activities in Africa. Currently based in Beijing, China, he is also a Researcher for the U.S. Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute. Strange received a BA in Economics and Chinese from the College of William & Mary in May 2012, and his research interests lie at the intersection of international development, Chinese political economy, energy security and military development.