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Russia Is the Biggest Recipient of Chinese Foreign Aid

China has given Moscow $36.6 billion in aid since 2000. The goal? Russian oil.

In the past two decades, as China’s resource-gobbling economy and its desire for influence has ballooned, so has the amount of foreign aid that China has distributed around the globe. Since the turn of the century, China has doled out nearly as much aid as the United States, even if it has kept that financing low-key and hard to track.

But unlike in decades past, that’s not going to mainly developing countries in Asia or Africa, but

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