China’s foreign aid is to serve its national interest, and not to fulfill a so-called “international responsibility” that is “forcibly imposed” on China, an International Herald Leader article stated. It made this statement to rebut Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who suggested China take more responsibility to provide aid to Pakistan after its flood catastrophe. The article argued that foreign aid is an important means of foreign diplomacy, and its target is selective and different from country to country. China should provide more aid to its close allies, so that it can attract more friends.
Source: International Herald Leader, August 30, 2010