China likely to increase foreign aid

16:57, April 26, 2011      

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China may increase assistance to foreign countries in the future as its national strength grows, Vice Minister of Commerce Fu Ziying said on April 26.

The State Council Information Office (SCIO) released the “White Paper on China’s Aid to Foreign Countries” on April 21. Fu introduced the white paper at a press conference at the invitation of the SCIO. He noted that China began providing foreign aid more than 60 years ago, and the assistance has played a major role in boosting the social and economic development of recipient countries.

When talking about the characteristics of China’s aid to foreign countries, Fu said that first, China fully respects the wishes of recipient countries. Second, China lets recipient countries participate in the whole process of assistance projects to ensure the smooth progress of the projects. Third, China keeps improving its foreign aid policy and measures.

Fu stressed that China pays particular attention to helping recipient countries enhance their own production capacity. “For example, China carried out over 200 foreign assistance projects in the agricultural sector, and built a number of agricultural demonstration centers in the recipient countries that have relatively great agricultural potential, in a bid to strengthen their agricultural production capacity,” he said.

“There will not be any big changes in China’s foreign aid policy in the short term, but there might be minor reasonable adjustments to the destinations of foreign aid and specific projects because the world is constantly changing,” Fu said.

By People's Daily Online
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