Professor and author Deborah Brautigam discusses her new book “The Dragons Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa” on February 9, 2010 in New York. The book examines Chinese aid and state-sponsored economic engagement in Africa, and Chinas distinct attitudes towards foreign aid, which result in aid implementation that often diffes from western models . China’s aid in Africa is based on mutual benefit and goes far beyond a popular western misconception of a simple effort to extract oil and other strategic natural resources, regardless of other considerations. China views Africa as an evolving landscape presenting many opportunities. Through diverse infrastructure projects, bilateral trade partnerships and investment, China demonstrates that helping African countries also develops local business and commerce.Dr. Bräutigam teaches in the International Development Program at American Universitys School of International Service in Washington, D.C. She has lived in Asia and Africa as a Fulbright researcher and consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, and other development agencies.