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International Relations Director Michael Tierney Provides Insights on Chinese Development Aid

{{youtube:small:right|8IWLx8yH4ug,courtesy of UNU-WIDER}}During an interview with United Nations University – World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Michael Tierney, director of the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations, explains that in the process of creating an innovative media-based data set on Chinese Aid in developing countries, AidData scholars elicited conclusions regarding China’s aid efforts.

“Chinese aid should not be simply characterized as ‘rogue aid.’  The Chinese government uses its aid disbursements for purposes that are not so different from American aid.  They are trying to make money, build good will or promote their own diplomatic goals.” says Tierney.

The AidData project — a partnership between the College of William & Mary, Brigham Young University and Development Gateway — has mapped development assistance from open source media reports. The data, collected from about 1,700 Chinese aid projects during the last decade, shows that China is financing the hardware of development, such as infrastructure. Chinese aid numbers are considered a state secret.