China in Africa

Anthony, R. (Ross)


China has a clear programme for what it wants to achieve from its relationship with Africa, but Africa’s structural disadvantage – it consists of 54 states, of which 50 have diplomatic relations with Beijing – means it cannot present one composite agenda vis à vis Beijing. Whilst the Sino-African relationship is dominated by economics, China’s engagement in Africa has retained elements of the political motivations that existed at the beginning of the relationship, and its relations with African states have undergone cycles. This two-lecture course will consider the political rationale behind Sino-African relations and some of the actors and institutions which drive the political agenda, and will also explore aspects of the economic dimension.

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University of Cape Town

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