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China's Foreign Aid

A major provider of foreign aid and developmental assistance during the Cold War and postcolonial eras, the People's Republic of China sought not only to enable underdeveloped, postcolonial nations to achieve more genuine economic independence, but also to showcase the Chinese style of development projects. This collection documents China's foreign aid efforts in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere around the world. (Image: Premier Zhou Enlai's with the President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah in 1964.)

  • December 18, 1964

    Cable from the Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee, ‘Regarding the Matter of Sending Experts in Woodcarving and Ivory'

    The Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee issues instructions on the Chinese experts about to be dispatched to Mali.

  • December 19, 1965

    Record of Conversation from Premier Zhou's Reception of UAR Deputy Prime Minister Aziz Sedky

    Zhou Enlai criticises the developmental aid policies and practices of the United States and the Soviet Union. He and Sedky also discuss Chinese aid to Egypt.