China and Africa: Engagement and Compromise / Edition 1

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With China’s rise to the status of world power, trade and political links between Africa and China have been escalating at an astonishing rate. Sino-African relations are set to become an increasingly significant feature of world politics as China’s hunger for energy resources grows and many African countries seek a partner that, unlike the West, does not worry about democracy and transparency, or impose political conditions on economic relations.

Ian Taylor, one of the foremost authorities on the international relations and political economy of Africa, provides a comprehensive assessment of relations between China and Africa. He discusses the historical evolution of Sino-African relations in the period since the 1949 revolution, with particular emphasis on the period since the end of the Cultural Revolution. Considering in detail China’s relations with Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Malawi, Taylor demonstrates how China has used the rhetoric of anti-hegemonies to secure and promote its position in the Third World.

Taylor gives an engaging account of the hitherto under-researched topic of relations between China and Africa, a phenomenon of growing importance in contemporary international politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415397407
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Series: Routledge Contemporary China Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Taylor is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, and Associate Professor Extraordinary in the Department of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. His most recent books are NEPAD: Towards Africa’s Development or Another False Start? (2005), and Africa in International Politics: External Involvement on the Continent (Edited with Paul Williams, 2004).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vi
China's foreign policy in context     1
Historical introduction to China in Africa     16
Chinese foreign policy in Southern Africa in the post-Cultural Revolution era     35
PRC relations with Angola     75
China's relations with Mozambique     93
Relations between China and Zimbabwe     106
PRC relations with South Africa     127
Chinese relations with Namibia     153
China's relations with Zambia     164
China's policies towards Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Malawi     181
Conclusion and the future     197
Bibliography     207
Index     231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    It Is Worth the Money

    This ia a scholarly look at China's aligning itself with Africa as early as the 1930's. Although news is scarce in American newspapers, Ian Taylor uses Chinese newspapers meticulously in giving the chronology of China's explorations into Africa. Because Chinese spokesmen to the media are almost always the nation's leaders, the quotations generally match the policies of China at that particular time. Taylor has two goals. (1)to show how successfully China has bridged the gap between its ambitions and the realities of Beijing's involvement in Southern Africa. He uses that term mainly for Central Africa but sometimes includes the nation of South Africa. (2) to show how important China's rhetoric has been as a device in its drive against hegemony, emphasizing its own role as being the 'Third World' in a globe dominated by the two powers of the U.S. and the Soviet. Taylor details which Africans who were rebeling against Europeans went to China and met with which Chinese leaders, what they were shown in China, and how they received training by the Chinese. He lists the various African infrastructure projects China participated in as it nudged its way into the United Nations. In relation to recent events, he follows Mugabe's Maoist training in the importance of getting the support of the people, in contrast with the Soviet's urging African revolutionaries to use guns first and let other things follow. As lonely as Mugabe may seem in his last days, he still gets support from China. Mugabe might have retained his power for these many years because he was successful in getting and retaining the support of many, without concerning himself with the urban intellectuals. In Taylor's bibliography of over 20 pages, he has very few sources from the 21st century. He pioneers in characterizing China's approach to the new millenium.

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