China Returns to Africa: A Rising Power and a Continent Embrace

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Chinese-African relations became an issue of increasing importance leading up to the 2006 China-Africa Summit in Beijing. Nevertheless, academics and policymakers have largely neglected China's expanding relationship with Africa. Scholars have yet to explore the concrete ways in which Chinese actors operate in different parts of Africa, and developmental policy advisors have yet to take the political dynamics and implications of this involvement into consideration when forming policy.

China Returns to Africa addresses key issues in contemporary Chinese-African relations, examining the impact of this relationship in issues of diplomacy, trade, and development. Beginning with the assertion that China is engaged in a "scramble for Africa" and that we are now on the brink of a "new Chinese imperialism," the essays in this volume transcend narrow, media-driven concerns and offer one of the first far-ranging surveys of the consequences of China's investment in Africa.

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What People Are Saying

The Sunday Times

A new Chinese invasion of Africa has taken place.... Anybody interested in the continent, and in the rise of Chinese power, needs to know what is going on. The editors of this hefty volume have assembled essays by twenty-four academics of a dozen nationalities, who possess exceptional knowledge of China's operations in Africa. Successive chapters address such diverse subjects as the social influence of the 750,000-strong Chinese diaspora in the continent; Chinese medicine; the history of the disastrous Tanzanian railway; and, most important, the progress of Beijing's drive to buy into oil and mineral resources the length and breadth of the continent... an impressive and balanced study of one of the most important developments in the modern world.

John Ryle

This lively, timely and authoritative book is vital to understanding China's expanding role in the economic and political life of Africa.

John Ryle, chair of the Rift Valley Institute and Legrand Ramsey Professor of Anthropology, Bard College

Philip Snow

China's resurgence in Africa has to rate as one of the most striking developments of the early twenty-first century. This thorough and balanced study provides the right equipment with which to assess it.

Philip Snow, author of The Star Raft: China's Encounter with Africa

The Sunday Times

A new Chinese invasion of Africa has taken place.... Anybody interested in the continent, and in the rise of Chinese power, needs to know what is going on. The editors of this hefty volume have assembled essays by twenty-four academics of a dozen nationalities, who possess exceptional knowledge of China's operations in Africa. Successive chapters address such diverse subjects as the social influence of the 750,000-strong Chinese diaspora in the continent; Chinese medicine; the history of the disastrous Tanzanian railway; and, most important, the progress of Beijing's drive to buy into oil and mineral resources the length and breadth of the continent... an impressive and balanced study of one of the most important developments in the modern world.

John Ryle

This lively, timely and authoritative book is vital to understanding China's expanding role in the economic and political life of Africa.

Philip Snow

China's resurgence in Africa has to rate as one of the most striking developments of the early twenty-first century. This thorough and balanced study provides the right equipment with which to assess it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231700986
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Series: Columbia/Hurst Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Alden is reader in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His books include China in Africa, Mozambique and the Construction of the New African State, and, with Garth le Pere, South Africa's Post-Apartheid Foreign Policy. He has been a Japan Foundation fellow at the University of Tokyo, a professorial fellow at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, and a MacArthur postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University. Daniel Large is research director of the Africa-Asia Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Ricardo Soares de Oliveira is University Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University, a fellow of St. Peter's College, Oxford, and a fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin. He is the author of Oil and Politics in the Gulf of Guinea.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction China Returns to Africa Chris Alden Alden, Chris Daniel Large Large, Daniel Ricardo Soares de Oliveira de Oliveira, Ricardo Soares 1

Sect. I Political Economy

1 China's Boom: What's in it for Africa? A Trade Perspective Andrea Goldstein Goldstein, Andrea Nicolas Pinaud Pinaud, Nicolas Helmut Reisen Reisen, Helmut 27

2 'Flying Geese' or 'Hidden Dragon'? Chinese Business and African Industrial Development Deborah Brautigam Brautigam, Deborah 51

3 Chinese Economic Diplomacy in Africa: the Lusophone Strategy Ana Cristina Alves Alves, Ana Cristina 69

4 Making Sense of Chinese Oil Investment in Africa Ricardo Soares de Oliveira de Oliveira, Ricardo Soares 83

5 The Political Consequences of China's Return to Africa Denis M. Tull Tull, Denis M. 111

Sect. II International Perspectives

6 China in Africa: After the Gun and the Bible: A West African Perspective Adama Gaye Gaye, Adama 129

7 China's Perspective on Contemporary China-Africa Relations Wenping He He, Wenping 143

8 China-Africa Relations: An Early, Uncertain Debate in the United States Bates Gill Gill, Bates J. Stephen Morrison Morrison, J. Stephen Chin-Hao Huang Huang, Chin-Hao 167

9 French Perspectives on the New Sino-African Relations Roland Marchal Marchal, Roland 181

Sect. III Relations in Focus

10 Liberating Labour? Constructing Anti-Hegemony on the TAZARA Railway in Tanzania, 1965-76 Jamie Monson Monson, Jamie 197

11 Medicine as business: Chinese medicine in Tanzania Elisabeth Hsu Hsu, Elisabeth 221

12 Solidarity, Xenophobia and the Regulation of Chinese businesses in Namibia Gregor Dobler Dobler, Gregor 237

13 South Africa andChina: A Strategic Partnership? Garth Shelton Shelton, Garth 257

14 China in Angola: just a Passion for Oil? Manuel Ennes Ferreira Ferreira, Manuel Ennes 275

15 From Non-interference to Constructive Engagement? China's Evolving Relations with Sudan Daniel Large Large, Daniel 295

16 Mixed Fates of a Popular Minority: Chinese migrants in Cape Verde Jorgen Carling Carling, Jorgen Heidi Ostbo Haugen Haugen, Heidi Ostbo 319

Sect. IV Looking Forward

17 Ten Caveats and One Sunrise in Our Contemplation of China and Africa Stephen Chan Chan, Stephen 339

18 Africa without Europeans Chris Alden Alden, Chris 349

19 Fitting China In Christopher Clapham Clapham, Christopher 361

Conclusion: 'All Over Africa' Daniel Large Large, Daniel 371

Index 377

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