Winter 2018 Issue

Uncovering China's Spending Spree

Following the Money

By Alex Wooley and Soren Patterson

AidData, a 35-person research lab located within William & Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR), has released a new dataset on Chinese aid, which has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Economist, CNN and more.

Covering more than 4,300 projects in 140 countries and territories, this new dataset is the most comprehensive source of information ever assembled on China’s ambitious but secretive foreign aid program.

AidData’s data collection effort captured more than USD $350 billion in foreign aid and other forms of state financing that China committed worldwide from 2000 to 2014.

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