New publication on the impact of foreign aid on states’ sentiment using NLP by Dennis Hammerschmidt and Cosima Meyer

In their new publication “Money Makes the World Go Frowned – Analyzing the Impact of Chinese Foreign Aid on States’ Sentiment Using Natural Language Processing", Dennis Hammerschmidt and Cosima Meyer (both University of Mannheim) analyze how new aid donors affect the geo-political and international structures. As China is emerging as an aid donor, they argue that this brings increasing independence from former US aid. At the example of African states, they analyze how this independence affects states’ public speeches at the United Nations General Debate using tools from natural language processing. Their results support their argument and show that countries increasingly move away from and criticize the US as China enters the market.


The publication appears in Chinas Rolle in einer neuen Weltordnung Wissenschaft, Handel und internationale Beziehungen, edited by Dr. Johannes Klenk and Franziska Waschek, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The book contains a collection of carefully selected peer-reviewed articles that seek to contribute to a better understanding of China's role in the new world order both for researchers and practitioners.