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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Red star, black gold
Authors:Alden, ChrisISNI
Hilsum, LindseyISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic terms:China
Subsaharan Africa
Sierra Leone
Subjects:foreign policy
international economic relations
foreign investments
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056240500329320
Abstract:These two papers address China's growing public presence in Africa, raising questions about the nature of this emerging relationship. Beijing's recent foray into Africa has been characterized by a singular focus on resource acquisition (Africa is already providing a quarter of China's oil needs) and commercial opportunism that seemingly belies the rhetoric of partnership. While increasingly necessary to the health of the Chinese economy, Africa occupies an important place in its global ambitions as well. China's new policy in Africa poses a challenge to G8 leaders' plans to make 'good governance' and human rights determining criteria in decisions on trade, aid, debt relief, loans and investment, since Chinese policymakers admit that their 'competitive advantage' is their willingness to engage with regimes deemed beyond the pale by many in the international community. While Chris Alden deals with Africa in general, Lindsey Hilsum presents the cases of Zimbabwe, Sudan and Sierra Leone. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]