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Title:China in Africa: a relationship of (un)equals in the developing world
Authors:White, LyalISNI
Alves, PhilISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Volume:13
Issue:1
Pages:55-62
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
China
Subjects:international economic relations
foreign policy
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10220460609556784
Abstract:Africa needs to develop a better understanding of China, one that moves beyond the altruistic impression it currently holds, in order to ensure that the benefits accruing to African countries are maximized. Furthermore, China's evolving relations with other parts of the developing world, notably Latin America, may well hold lessons for African countries. Africa-China relations should be based on mutual reciprocity that will ensure long-term sustainable development in Africa, but at the same time satisfy the economic requirements and unrelenting appetite of China through reliable access to commodities. However, the emerging pattern of trade and investment between China and Africa is more 'North-South' than not, implying limited developmental benefit for African economies, in particular through the growth of labour-intensive industrial activity. It seems that African countries, desperate for investment, are making potentially unwise concessions to Chinese investors, notably concerning the temporary importation of Chinese labour. Another growing area of concern is China's close engagement with some of Africa's weakest States. The combination of China's commercial activities and policy of official non-interference in domestic affairs has, in certain African countries, begun to regenerate or compound governance problems, as exemplified by Sudan, and to a lesser degree Chad, Liberia, Zimbabwe and Angola. In this respect it is crucial that China realizes the need to become a responsible stakeholder in the international political economic system. Note, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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