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China's New Role in Africa

Author:
Taylor, Ian

ISBN:
978 1 58826 636 1
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
240
List price(s):
39.95 GBP
49.00 EUR

Publication date:
14 October 2008

Short description: 

Although China denies that it harbors ambitions to become a superpower, its leadership has made clear its intention that the country be a major player in the global arena. This book explores the nature and implications of China's burgeoning role in Africa.

Full description: 

Although China denies that it harbors ambitions to become a superpower, its leadership has made clear its intention that the country be a major player in the global arena. Against this backdrop, Ian Taylor explores the nature and implications of China's burgeoning role in Africa.Taylor argues that Beijing is using Africa not only as a source of needed raw materials and potential new markets, but also to bolster its own position on the international stage. After tracing the history of Sino-African relations, he addresses key current issues: What will be the long-term consequences, for example, of China's successes in securing access to the continent's oil? How will cheap Chinese imports affect Africa's manufacturing base? What has been the impact of China's arm sales to Africa?Based on extensive field research in both China and across Africa, China's New Role in Africa is a major contribution to illuminating a little-known, but increasingly important, relationship.

Table of contents: 

China's Africa Policy in Context.; Oil Diplomacy.; The Impact of Cheap Chinese Goods.; The Issue of Human Rights.; The Arms Trade.; Peacekeeping.; What Does It All Mean?

Biography: 

Ian Taylor is professor in the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews. His recent publications include Nepad: Toward Africa's Development or Another False Start?

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