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Title:Negotiating China: reinserting African agency into China-Africa relations
Authors:Mohan, GilesISNI
Lampert, BenISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society (ISSN 0001-9909)
Volume:112
Issue:446
Pages:92-110
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Angola
Ghana
Nigeria
China
Subjects:foreign investments
international relations
Chinese
migrant workers
Abstract:Most analyses of China's renewed engagement with Africa treat China as the driving force, and little recognition is given to the role of African agency, especially beyond the level of State elites. This article investigates the extent of African agency in engagements with China and argues that at various levels African actors have negotiated, shaped, and even driven Chinese engagements in important ways. Suggesting a theoretical framework that captures agency both within and beyond the State, the article provides an empirical analysis of African agency first by showing how elements of the Angolan State created a hybrid set of institutions to broker Chinese investment projects, and second by discussing how African social actors have influenced and derived benefits from the activities of Chinese migrants in Ghana and Nigeria. While both cases demonstrate African agency, the ability of African actors to exercise such agency is highly uneven, placing African politics at the heart of any understanding of China-Africa relations. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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