China's Resource Diplomacy in Africa: Powering Development?

Hardcover | August 21, 2012

byMarcus Power, Giles Mohan, May Tan-Mullins

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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 an...

MARCUS POWER Reader 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. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:August 21, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230229123

ISBN - 13:9780230229129

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Table of 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

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"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