Exploitation dressed in a suit, shining shoes, and carrying a suitcase full of dollars: What does China want in Africa?

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Abstract

China has provided billions of dollars in loans to African countries with no strings attached compared with Western financial aid. Although the argument that China is exploiting Africa for its resources has often clouded Beijing's continued support for Africa, many African leaders have welcomed China's economic assistance and have begun to see China as a more reliable partner compared with the West. By strictly examining relevant literature on Sino–African relations, this study comprehensively explores the dynamics, implications, and benefits of Chinese investments in Africa. Whether China is indeed exploiting Africa, which will continue to be debated, it is clear that Chinese investments have contributed significantly to the development of Africa and will continue to do so as the West has been replaced by Beijing as Africa's biggest trading partner. African countries are therefore likely to continue strengthening their relationship with China further jeopardising the interests of West in the continent.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1892
JournalJournal of Public Affairs
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration
  • Political Science and International Relations

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