China’s New Role in African Politics: From Non-Intervention towards Stabilization?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

China’s New Role in African Politics

From Non-Intervention towards Stabilization?, 1st Edition

Edited by Christof Hartmann, Nele Noesselt


264 pages

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China's rise to global power status in recent decades has been accompanied with deepening economic relationships with Africa, with the New Silk Road's extension to Sub-Saharan Africa as the latest step, leading to much academic debate about the influence of Chinese business in the continent. However, China's engagement with African states at the political and diplomatic level has received less attention in the literature. This book investigates the impact of Chinese policies on African politics, asking how China deals with political instability in Africa and in turn how Africans perceive China to be helping or hindering political stability.

Whilst China officially operates with a foreign policy strategy which conceives of Africa as one integrated monolithic area (with FOCAC the flagship of inter-continental cooperation), this book highlights the plurality of context-specific interaction patterns between China and African elites, demonstrating how China's role and relevance has differently evolved according to whether African countries are resource-rich and geostrategically important from Chinese perspective or not. By looking comparatively at a range of different country cases, the book aims to promote a more thorough undersatnding of how China reacts to political stability and instability, and in which ways the country contributes to domestic political dynamics and stability within African states.

China’s New Role in African Politics will be of interest to researchers from across Political Science, International Relations, International Law and Economy, Security Studies, and African and Chinese Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Christof Hartmann, Nele Noesselt Part 1: Patterns, Discourses, and Practices 2. China’s African Dream: Assessing China’s New Strategy Nele Noesselt 3. Layered Rhetorics and Multiple Realities: China and Africa Julia Strauss 4. China and Regional Security in Africa Georg Lammich 5. Coping with Security challenges in African Society. The roles of overseas Chinese associations in Africa Liu Haifang 6. China and African Instability: Some Conceptual Thoughts Christof Hartmann Part 2: Case Studies 7. Financing Regime Stability? The Role of Chinese Credit Lines in Post-War Angola Lucy Corkin 8. The Role of China and Asymmetric Bargaining in Ethiopia’s Authoritarian Backsliding Steve Hess 9. The Dialectics of Political Instability and Democracy in China’s Engagements in Zambia Richard Aidoo 10. Emerging Alternative? China’s Developmental Peace Approach in South Sudan Chun Zhang 11. China and Rwanda – natural allies or uneasy partners in regime stability Sven Grimm, Christine Hackenesch 12. Zimbabwe and China: an all-weather relationship for development and stability? Lloyd Sachikonye 13. China and Africa’s Peace and Security: Examining China’s Role in Nigeria’s Insecurity Efem Ubi 14. ‘We are black Chinese’ – Making sense of APC’s pro-China campaign in Sierra Leone’s 2018 elections Patricia Rinck 15. Conclusion Christof Hartmann, Nele Noesselt

About the Editors

Christof Hartmann is Professor of Political Science, in particular International Relations and African politics, at the Department of Political Science, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

Nele Noesselt is Professor of Political Science with a special focus on China and East Asia at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Global Cooperation Series

The Routledge Global Cooperation series develops innovative approaches to understanding, explaining and answering one of the most pressing questions of our time – how can cooperation in a culturally diverse world of nine billion people succeed?

We are rapidly approaching our planet’s limits, with trends such as advancing climate change and the destruction of biological diversity jeopardising our natural life support systems. Accelerated globalisation processes lead to an ever growing interconnectedness of markets, states, societies, and individuals. Many of today's problems cannot be solved by nation states alone. Intensified cooperation at the local, national, international, and global level is needed to tackle current and looming global crises.

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Tobias Debiel, Claus Leggewie and Dirk Messner are Co-Directors of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Their research areas are, among others, Global Governance, Climate Change, Peacebuilding and Cultural Diversity of Global Citizenship. The three Co-Directors are, at the same time, based in their home institutions, which participate in the Centre, namely the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE, Messner) in Bonn, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF, Debiel) in Duisburg and The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI, Leggewie) in Essen.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries