Student Research

A comparison of U.S. and Chinese foreign aid

A capstone project submitted to the faculty of the California Maritime Academy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs.

This thesis compares the Chinese and United States' motivations and methodology for foreign aid using case studies and research done by experts. In analyzing this it became clear that both methodologies, those being conditionality and non-interference, have advantages and disadvantages. For either methodology aid is only effective if it is tailored for each recipient country. In any scenario, both countries have much to gain by providing foreign aid. In order to measure the effectiveness of aid, determining the motivations has been vital. With current political climate turning inward for a more nationalistic view ensuring that foreign aid is effective and necessary will help governments justify foreign spending to their constituents.