A drop in Chinese funding may be a sign of belt tightening in an effort to tackle Beijing’s own domestic debt problem.
The dataset for the Lowy Institute Pacific Aid Map project has charted the fluctuating levels of China’s aid in the region. Between 2008 and 2016, the disbursed amount of Chinese aid more than doubled. But 2016 also marked a watershed. From that point on, the amount of aid provided by China to the region has been in decline.
The data does not contradict recent perceptions that China has sought to “increase its engagement” with Pacific Island countries.
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