Foreign development aid since the end of World War II has increased in significance within international relations as a way of developing strategic interests and improving the international environment. Foreign aid is an important policy tool for expanding nations’ influence upon international affairs and maintaining local and international economic stability, and has played a special role within China's foreign relations. Aid from China has grown in the recent years along with its economic development, and the corresponding change in the objectives, functions and manner of Chinese aid have given the country a higher standing within the sphere of worldwide development aid. Research into development aid policies and practices in developed countries is of help to China in establishing a more mature foreign development aid strategy.

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