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China and Africa

Paperback By Daniel Large
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China has gone from being a marginal to a leading power in Africa in just over two decades. Its striking ascendancy in the continent is commonly thought to have been primarily driven by economic interests, especially resources like oil. This book argues instead that politics defines the ‘new era’ of China–Africa relations, and examines the importance of politics across a range of areas, from foreign policy to debt, development and the Xi Jinping incarnation of the China model.

Going beyond superficial depictions of China’s engagement as predatory or benign, this book explores how Africa is – and isn’t – integral to China’s global ambitions, from the Belt and Road Initiative to strategic competition with the United States. It demonstrates how African actors constrain, shape and use China’s engagement for their own purposes. As China seeks to protect its more established interests and Chinese citizens, it also shows how security has become a particularly notable new area of engagement.

This innovative book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to contemporary China–Africa relations. It will be essential reading for students and scholars working on global politics, development and international relations.

Product Details

Format: Paperback, 250 pages Language: English
Dimension: 20.83cm x 14.73cm x 2.29cm ISBN10: 1509536337
Weight: 408g ISBN13: 9781509536337
Publication Date: 13 Sep 2021 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Daniel Large is Associate Professor at Central European University (CEU).

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‘The China–Africa relationship has generated legends and almost a mythology of use and misuse, often based on biases and misinformation. In this new book Daniel Large takes a hard-headed and extraordinarily perceptive look at the relationship as it has evolved under President Xi. Balanced, but anchored in an unsentimental realism, Large's book offers a significant corrective to strands in the current debate and does so in a timely and prescient manner.

’Stephen Chan OBE, SOAS University of London‘Daniel Large’s well-buttressed argument that politics is the foundation, and security the new leading edge, makes this book an essential guide to the China–Africa relationship at a key moment of transition.

’Deborah Bräutigam, Director of the SAIS China Africa Research Initiative, Johns Hopkins University

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