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China's Aid to Africa
Does Friendship Really Matter?

ISBN 9780367887438
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
152 Pages

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Book Description

Although China has rapidly increased foreign aid to Africa and is now a relatively major player in the developmental assistance regime, little is still known regarding how China delivers its foreign aid, and even less about how this foreign aid actually works in the recipient countries.

This book, extensively utilising Chinese sources, much of which have not been available before, examines the effectiveness and sustainability of China's foreign aid in Africa, as well as the political, economic and diplomatic factors that influence Chinese aid disbursement policies. The book argues that a nebulous notion of "friendship", however ill-defined, is a key factor in Chinese aid, something which is often overlooked by Western scholars. Through a detailed examination of both the decision-making process in Chinese aid disbursements, as well as an examination of specific case studies in West Africa, this book improves our understanding of China's foreign aid policies towards Africa. It finds that there are profound shortcomings in China's foreign aid at present which, despite the protestations of "friendship" and solidarity, undermine Beijing’s effectiveness as an actor in the developmental assistance enterprise in Africa.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of development studies, African studies, China-Africa relations and more broadly to international relations.

Table of Contents


1. Foreign Aid – Measurements and Studies

2. The History of China’s Foreign Aid in Africa

3. Contemporary China’s Foreign Aid in Africa

4. China’s Foreign Aid in Africa – Assessments

5. China’s Foreign Aid in Africa – Efforts and Concerns

6. Concluding Remarks

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Zhangxi Cheng is Research Fellow at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK.

Ian Taylor is Professor in International Relations and African Political Economy at the University of St. Andrews (UK); Chair Professor at Renmin University of China (China); Professor Extraordinary at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and Professor at the Centre of African Studies, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).