China in ethiopia: Diplomacy and economics of sino-optimism

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This article examines the motive behind China's increased activities in Ethiopia in recent years and concludes that it lies in Ethiopia's perceived diplomatic usefulness. If China's relations with many African countries could be described as one of "infrastructure for natural resources," the Sino-Ethiopian relationship can be described "infrastructure for diplomatic support."After exploring the nature and scope of Ethiopia's relations with China and highlighting areas of divergence of interest, the article seeks to demonstrate how the convergence of interests between the two countries has ushered in a period of Sino-optimism among Ethiopia's elite and rising expectations among ordinary Ethiopians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-160
Number of pages18
JournalAfrican Studies Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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