The thing is, I don’t think he’s wrong. If it’s foreign aid/investment one wants, China’s economic clout is fast becoming as strong as Taiwan’s. On the other hand, if you’re looking at it from an ethical standpoint and are wondering which side best represents China - again, it’s no contest. The PRC is China, for better or for worse. Taiwan needs to be Taiwan. It can’t be China.[/quote]
I disagree. The PRC spends money on international development, yet they neglect their own people outside of their prosperous mega-cities. Look at all the World Bank and NGO projects in Yunnan province etc. Whether its agricultural diversification, the building of irrigations systems, or HIV prevention(very important if anyone here has been to Ruili in Yunnan), international organizations are doing most of the grassroots work, not the PRC. The local organizations in the PRC would need three specialists to put in a light bulb. Basically, the PRC will give money to Dominica, but they shouldn’t expect any real assistance to accompany this one time allocation. I wouldn’t trust PRC technological skills in international development, when they can’t adequately provide assistance to their own rural poor.