China is among a number of large developing country or new powers on the ascendance in the international system, all of which are deepening their economic relations with Africa However, China is the largest and most powerful of this group. it has sought closer economic relationships with other developing country regions and continents such as Latin America and Central Asia, but it is with Africa – the continent that hosts more developing countries than any other – that China has fostered the closest links.
This book provides an overview of how the China – Africa relationship has evolved over the last few decades and examines whether it presents a new paradigm of ‘development relations’ in the international system. The contributors investigate what is particularly special about the emerging development partnership between Africa and China, and how it may evolve in the future. The contributors focus on various development capacity issues – infrastructural, industrial, technocratic, institutional, human capital, sustainable economic practices – and consider various debates on ‘development’ and development ideologies, including whether China’s practices in Africa pose a challenge to Western conventions on development assistance.
China-Africa Development Relations will be of interest to those students and scholars of African studies, Chinese studies, international development and development studies.
Table of Contents
Part 1: China, Africa and International Development 1. Africa and China: A New Kind of Development Partnership? Christopher M. Dent 2. China-Africa and the West: Ideology, Conditionality, Realpolitik: What is New in South–South Co-operation? Uwe Wissenbach 3. Towards a Critical Geo-Politics of China’s Engagement with African Development Marcus Power and Giles Mohan 4. Chinese Soft Power, Insecurity Studies, Myopia and Fantasy Shogo Suzuki Part 2: Country Case Study Perspectives 5. The End of Abstraction: China’s Development Relations With Sudan Daniel Large 6. Chinese Development Co-operation and Africa: The Case of Tembisa’s Friendship Town Chris Alden and Anna Ying Chen Part 3: Resource Sector Perspectives 7. China’s Structural Demand and the Commodity Super Cycle: Implications for Africa Masuma Farooki 8. China’s Energy Diplomacy in Africa: The Convergence of National and Corporate Interests Zhang Chi Part 4: Conclusion: Africa, China and Development Relations 9. China, Africa and Conceptualising Development Relations Christopher M. Dent
Christopher M. Dent is a Professor in East Asia's International Political Economy at the University of Leeds, UK.