The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa by Deborah BrautigamThe Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa by Deborah Brautigam

The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa

byDeborah Brautigam

Paperback | May 14, 2011

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Is China a rogue donor, as some media pundits suggest? Or is China helping the developing world pave a pathway out of poverty, as the Chinese claim? In the last few years, China's aid program has leapt out of the shadows. Media reports about huge aid packages, support for pariah regimes,regiments of Chinese labor, and the ruthless exploitation of workers and natural resources in some of the poorest countries in the world sparked fierce debates. These debates, however, took place with very few hard facts. China's tradition of secrecy about its aid fueled rumors and speculation,making it difficult to gauge the risks and opportunities provided by China's growing embrace. This well-timed book, by one of the world's leading experts, provides the first comprehensive account of China's aid and economic cooperation overseas. Deborah Brautigam tackles the myths and realities, explaining what the Chinese are doing, how they do it, how much aid they give, and how it allfits into their "going global" strategy. Drawing on three decades of experience in China and Africa, and hundreds of interviews in Africa, China, Europe and the US, Brautigam shines new light on a topic of great interest.China has ended poverty for hundreds of millions of its own citizens. Will Chinese engagement benefit Africa? Using hard data and a series of vivid stories ranging across agriculture, industry, natural resources, and governance, Brautigam's fascinating book provides an answer. It is essentialreading for anyone concerned with China's rise, and what it might mean for the challenge of ending poverty in Africa.
Deborah Brautigam is the author of Chinese Aid and African Development (1998), Aid Dependence and Governance (2000), and co-editor of Taxation and State-Building in Developing Countries (2008). A long-time observer of Asia and Africa, she has lived in China, West Africa, and Southern Africa, and travelled extensively across both region...
Title:The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in AfricaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:May 14, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent book on Sino-African cooperation I read this as a review copy from Oxford, and it was a surprisingly excellent book on China's influence in sub-Saharan Africa, a book truly ahead of its time because of the continued dominance the world's largest economy now has over the continent. I'd like to read her other book, 'Will Africa Feed China?'
Date published: 2018-06-29

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Changing Face of Chinese Engagement in Africa1. Missionaries and Maoists: How China Moved from "Red" to "Expert"2. Feeling the Stones: Deng Xiaoping's Aid Experiments3. Going Global: Foreign Aid in the Toolkit of a Rising China4. Eastern Promises: An Aid System with Chinese Characteristics5. Orient Express: How Does Chinese Aid and Engagement Work?6. Apples and Lychees: How Much Aid Does China Give?7. Flying Geese, Crouching Tiger: China's Changing Role in African Industrialization8. Asian Tsunami: How a Tidal Wave can also be a Catalyst9. Exporting Green Revolution: From Aid to Agribusiness10. Foreign Farmers: Chinese Settlers, African Plantations11. Rogue Donor? Myths and Realities of Chinese Aid and EngagementConclusion: Engaging China

Editorial Reviews

"Brautigam successfully provides scholars of the ChinaAfrica relationship with a new analytical framework, information, and viewpoints...this highly recommended volume shows that Chinese are business-oriented developers and revolutionizes the concept that China is a hasty donor in Africa" --The China Quarterly