The increase in China’s economic and political involvement in Africa is arguably the most momentous development on the continent since the end of the Cold War. This book seeks to detail the origins, structure, workings and activities of The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and its development over the last nine years.
Mindful of the growing realisation that Africa is to play an increasingly important role in global energy politics, Ian Taylor provides a clear and detailed overview of an organisation that has been generally overlooked, despite the exponential rise in the importance of the Chinese presence in Africa.
Topics addressed include:
- the key structures, functions and operations of the FOCAC
- the importance and development of the triennial summits, including the focus on cultural exchanges and economic cooperation
- the key criticisms and challenges currently faced by the FOCAC
- discussion of ‘emerging issues’ – is it possible to have a "win-win" situation between Africa and China, as the FOCAC suggests?
The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation provides a concise introduction to an organisation that will be instrumental in the future of Africa’s relationship with the developed world, and will be of interest to students of African and Chinese politics, International Relations and International Organizations.
Ian Taylor is Professor of International Relations, University of St. Andrews; Associate Professor Extraordinary, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa; and Visiting Lecturer, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda.