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China will continue increase its aid to developing countries even while it tackles poverty on its own doorstep, according to a representative from the Chinese Government at the Crawford School’s Aid from Emerging Asia conference.
Mao Xiaojing, Deputy Director at the Chinese Department of Development Assistance, told Richard Ewart from ABC Radio Australia’s Connect Asia show that there is a direct link between her country’s growing overseas commitments and the rapid growth of the Chinese economy.
Ms Mao said that the recent Chinese Party Congress set a goal of doubling the income of Chinese people over the next decade. While the priority would remain domestic poverty reduction, China’s aid program, which has increased by 30 per cent over the last decade, will continue to grow.
The Aid from Emerging Asia forum brought together leading experts from Australia and the region to look at the changing nature of development in Asia and the Pacific. The forum was presented by the Development Policy Centre and The Asia Foundation.
An audio file of the interview is available on the Radio Australia website: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/connect-asia/chinas-rapid-economic-growth-linked-to-overseas-aid/1053616