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How Effective is China’s Foreign Aid? The IMF Takes a Look

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While China’s financing to the Global South has reshaped international development, many misconceptions exist about the nature of this funding. 

While China is a major funder of infrastructure, experts on international development have pointed out that it is not a traditional aid donor. 

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