Since it grabbed the media's attention, China's aid program in the Pacific has sparked a lively debate.Why is a country which itself received $US 1.76 billion in aid in 2005 giving aid to the Pacific at all and on what scale?China runs a secretive aid program that has fueled suspicions it is up to no good and which undermines efforts to improve accountability, governance and stability.So how much aid is China giving, for what purposes and how can Australia ensure that China?s aid program in the Pacific complements rather than undercuts our own efforts?Lowy Institute Policy Brief by Fergus Hanson, The Dragon in the Pacific: More Opportunity than Threat, addresses these questions by taking a fresh look at China's aid activities across the region - The Lowy Institute for International Policymoreless
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