Discussions on the politics of Chinese engagement with African development have been marked by increasing concern over Chinese use of aid in exchange for disbursing 'rogue aid' and undermining good governance in the African continent. These criticisms not only ignore the longer-term motivations and modalities of Chinese aid and the historical diverstiy of Chinese relations with Africa, but also uncritically assume 'Western' aid to be morally 'superior' and 'more effective' in terms of development outcomes. The principal argument of this paper is that Chinese and Western donors employ different ideologies and practices of governance to conceal their own interests and political discourses in the African continent.
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