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China's Aid to Africa

Does Friendship Really Matter?, 1st Edition

By Zhangxi Cheng, Ian Taylor


152 pages

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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

About the Authors

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).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in African Politics and International Relations

The African Politics and International Relations series seeks to provide readers with a conceptual and comparative perspective on transformations associated with the rise of Africa in international relations and within the global economy. The series explores the empirical and theoretical implications of the engagement of both old and new players, the redefinition of the continent's politics, socio-economic transitions and changing patterns of region-building, both within Africa and with the global South. The series, through its focus on the reappraisal of the role and conception of African agency, seeks to provide readers with a comprehensive, accessible, and insightful treatment of issues that challenge conventional understandings and representations of Africa.

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