New Presence of China in Africa

Edited by Meine Pieter van Dijk

New Presence of China in Africa

Edited by Meine Pieter van Dijk

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

224 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $54.50 ISBN: 9789089641366 Published February 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

China’s economic and political presence in Africa has expanded drastically over the past decade, especially in the sub-Saharan region. Convinced that Western attempts at providing aid to Africa have failed, Chinese officials have sought new forms of aid and invested billions to push further development in Africa. But some in the United States and around the word fear that China’s interest in sub-Saharan Africa could threaten previous efforts to protect human rights and to promote democracy in the region. The New Presence of China in Africa takes on this controversial issue, offering an overview of the Chinese model and evaluating whether it might serve as an example for future Western endeavors.


I           Overview of the Issues and China’s Success


1        Introduction: Objectives of and Instruments for China’s New Presence in Africa

Meine Pieter van Dijk

2        China’s Opening Up, From Shenzhen to Sudan

Filip de Beule and Daniël Van den Bulcke

II         Instruments


3        Chinese Aid to Africa, Origins, Forms and Issues

Jean-Raphaël Champonnière

4        China’s Investments in Africa

Peter Kragelund and Meine Pieter van Dijk

5        Competing Trade Policies with Respect to Africa

Meine Pieter van Dijk

III        Case Studies


6        State-Driven Chinese Investments in Zambia: Combining Strategic Interests and Profits

Anders Bastholm and Peter Kragelund

7        The Political Impact of the Chinese in Sudan

Meine Pieter van Dijk

8        The Impact of the Chinese in Other African Countries and Sectors

Meine Pieter van Dijk

IV        Conclusions


9        Responsible Production in Africa: The Rise of China as a Threat or Opportunity?

Peter Knorringa

10    Conclusions from China’s Activities in Africa

Meine Pieter van Dijk

About the Authors


Review Quotes
Diederik de Boer, Maastricht School of Management

“This is one of the best books on Chinese-African relations from an economic-managerial perspective. It provides a great insight on Chinese FDI, foreign aid and trade with Africa and therefore a must for policy-makers, researchers and students dealing with the influence of China in Africa.”

Leo Haan, director, Africa Studies Centre, Leiden

“A timely book that demystifies China’s contemporary rise in Africa through a series of well documented overviews and in-depth case studies which provide new material for its understanding. This book does not just echo the latest cliché on Africa economies—i.e. its supposedly unprecedented capture by a new global player—but instead carefully analyzes the dynamic and effects of China’s aid, investment and trade policy in Africa.”

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