China and African resources

Apparently lots of folks (me included) are guilty of parroting the conventional wisdom on China's actions in Africa... which turns out not to stand up to scrutiny.
A few examples of China myths and partial truths:

1) China targets aid to African states with abundant natural resources and bad governments

Actually, China gives money to almost every single country in Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding only those that don’t acknowledge the One China policy. There is little evidence that China gives more aid to countries with more natural resources or specifically targets countries with worse governance. [emphasis mine] China is not alone in its interest in natural resources in Africa, and natural resources are not the primary motivating factor for Chinese aid: like all donors, US definitely included, China is motivated to give aid by a mix of political, commercial, and social/ideological factors.
Via Aid Watch.

Update: Or not?

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