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Title:China-Africa relations: a neo-imperialism or a neo-colonialism? A reflection
Author:Lumumba-Kasongo, TukumbiISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:African and Asian Studies (ISSN 1569-2094)
Volume:10
Issue:2-3
Pages:234-266
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
China
Subjects:international economic relations
South-South relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/156921011X587040
Abstract:The debate on the nature of South-South relations, especially between China and various African countries, which represent the least industrialized area of the world, has brought the subject of the unequal balance of power between the two regions under intellectual scrutiny. Intellectual debate on China-Africa relations has focused largely on Africa's past relations with the global North, neglecting the existing dominant ideologies, namely neo-imperialism and neo-liberalism. It is also important to localize these relations within the World Trade Organization's dogmas and practices, the United Nations Charter, and the African Union Charter in order to assess whether or not they can be characterized as either neo-imperialist or neo-liberal. Furthermore, it is important to identify on which specific areas China's international economic relations have focused and in which specific African countries. How do the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party perceive and define them? How do the African Union and specific African countries perceive and define these relations? And what are the policy implications in China and in the African public sectors? Using data from Chinese sectoral investments and export-import figures for specific African countries, this paper analyses these relations and tries to determine if they can be qualified as neo-imperialist or neo-liberal. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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