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China's Education Aid to Africa
Fragmented Soft Power


Wei Ye

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ISBN 9781032422558
May 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

China’s emergence as an aid donor in Africa has caught global attention, with China’s activity being viewed as the projection of soft power of a neo-colonialist kind in an international relations context. This book, which focuses on China’s education aid - government scholarships, training, Confucius Institutes, dispatched teachers, etc. – reveals a much more complicated picture. It outlines how the divide between the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Education hinders China’s soft power projection, how much of China’s aid is bound up with an education-for-economic-growth outlook, mirroring China’s own recent experiences of economic development, and how China’s aid, prioritized to reflect the commercial sector’s interests, is out of step with most international development aid, which is dominated by education agendas and the campaigns of international organizations and traditional donors, which leaves China easily exposed to the charge of neo-colonialism. It emphasizes the international development cooperation architecture as an open system by which both traditional donors and Southern countries transform.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: China’s Education Aid to Africa and the Paradoxes

Chapter 2: Three Faces: Education Aid in Disciplinary Knowledge

Chapter 3: Restructuring China’s Education Aid to Africa: A Critical Realist Approach to Transcend Disciplinarity

Chapter 4: Dualism and Fragmentation: Historical Origin, Evolution, and Distinctiveness

Chapter 5: Fragmentation in Policy Formulation: Domestic Factors and Divides

Chapter 6: China and the International Development Cooperation Architecture: The (Im)possibility of Southern Knowledge Production

Chapter 7: Fragmented Soft Power in the Myth of Global China

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Wei Ye is a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Institute for International Affairs, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China