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Title:Knocking on a wide-open door: Chinese investments in Africa
Author:Kragelund, PeterISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:36
Issue:122
Pages:479-497
Language:English
Geographic terms:Zambia
China
Subjects:foreign investments
investment policy
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056240903346111
Abstract:The current strong foothold of Chinese enterprises on the African continent concerns many Western observers. They fear that the West will lose leverage in Africa and simultaneously postpone development. Paradoxically, the advance of Chinese enterprises in Africa is not only the result of deliberate Chinese policies to gain access to resources and markets, but also the consequence of liberal African investment policies imposed by Western donors in the past. This article uses Zambia as a case study to challenge the often one-sided view of the local consequences of China's engagement with Africa. The type of policies that guide investment flows needs to be considered, in order to increase the local benefits of China's growing presence in the continent. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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