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China's enhanced role within the global economy has profound political implications across the world, but takes a particular form in Africa. Over the past few years China has given much aid and technical support to Africa and for the first time since the end of the Cold War African leaders have genuine choices about which aid donors and investors to work with.  But does this translate into development for African countries? How do other donors react? What do 'ordinary' Africans make of it? And how does it impact on wider geopolitics? These pressing questions are addressed through a systematic theorization of the 'China-Africa' relationship. Using detailed case study material collected in Africa the authors paint a picture of gains for some states, but losses for others. Looking beyond the state they see an even more complex picture of evolving social relations between Chinese and Africans and a troubling ecological footprint.


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China's enhanced role within the global economy has profound political implications across the world, but takes a particular form in Africa. Over the past few years China has given much aid and technical support to Africa and for the first time since the end of the Cold War African leaders have genuine choices about which aid donors and investors to work with.  But does this translate into development for African countries? How do other donors react? What do 'ordinary' Africans make of it? And how does it impact on wider geopolitics? These pressing questions are addressed through a systematic theorization of the 'China-Africa' relationship. Using detailed case study material collected in Africa the authors paint a picture of gains for some states, but losses for others. Looking beyond the state they see an even more complex picture of evolving social relations between Chinese and Africans and a troubling ecological footprint.


Reviews

"For anyone seeking to understand Chinese involvement in Africa this book is an essential read. It is valuable for its application of a range of theoretical approaches in specific contexts, its balanced judgements and detailed case studies. Above all, it will be seriously useful for Africanists seeking to know more about the complexities of China itself as an actor, or complex of actors, on the African stage." – The Round Table

"The main strength of the book resides in the multi-scalar analysis provided by the three authors. From inter-personal relations to multilateral trade deals, the authors cover in a rather exhaustive fashion all facets of the relationship . . . This a very useful volume for scholars, policy-makers and activists engaging with Chinese–African relations and with questions of China's geopolitical and developmental responsibilities towards Africa." – Area
 
"Marcus Power, Giles Mohan and May Tan-Mullins provide an accomplished academic work in China's Resource Diplomacy in Africa. Theoretically oriented but anchored empirically in the cases of Ghana and Angola, this is attuned particularly well to evelopment politics within a global political economy framework." - The Journal of Modern African Studies


Contents

Introduction: Mediating China-Africa
Contextualising China-Africa Relations
Chinese Policies and its Implications in Africa
Towards a Chinese 'Socialist Market Economy'
Evolving Aid Diplomacy in Africa
Domestic Governance, Regime Stability and African Civil Society
Eco-Politics and Environmental Diplomacy: Chinese Environmental Governance and its Footprints in Africa
The Geopolitics of China-Africa Engagement
Conclusion: Contexts, Changes and Future of China-Africa Relations


Authors

MARCUS POWER Professor in Human Geography at the University of Durham, UK. His research interests include post-socialist transformations in Southern Africa; critical geographies and genealogies of (post)development; post-colonial geographies of Lusophone Africa; vision, visuality and geopolitics and the terms of China-Africa engagement. He is author of Rethinking Development Geographies (2003). 
GILES MOHAN Professor of International Development at The Open University, UK. He is a human geographer who studies African governance and the transnational connections to and from Africa, especially migrants. He has published extensively in geography, development studies and African studies journals and has consulted for a range of BBC documentaries on issues of international development.
MAY TAN-MULLINS Assistant Professor in International Relations, at the division of International Studies, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China. She is also a consultant for the National Bureau of Asian Research, Revenue Watch and Transparency and Accountability Initiative in the United States, working on energy and resources issues.