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Title:Sino-African encounters in Ghana and Nigeria: from conflict to conviviality and mutual benefits
Authors:Lampert, BenISNI
Mohan, GilesISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
Volume:43
Issue:1
Pages:9-39
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Nigeria
China
Subjects:Chinese
migrants
traders
retail trade
relations
Link:http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/article/view/722/720
Abstract:China's renewed engagement with Africa is often framed as a form of imperialism, with the growing number of Chinese migrants on the continent seen as an exploitative presence. Such claims have generally been based on little evidence, and where more detailed empirical studies have emerged, they tend to emphasise the tensions and conflicts that have arisen. This article on Chinese migrants in Ghana and Nigeria suggests that while there are concerns about Chinese competition in the informal retail sector and the treatment of local labour in Chinese enterprises, narratives of apparent tension and conflict are often much more nuanced than is generally recognised. Furthermore, more convivial and cooperative relations have also emerged and these have facilitated important opportunities for Africans to benefit from the Chinese presence. However, while the presence of Chinese migrants in African socio-economic life can be more integrated and mutually beneficial than is often assumed, the ability of African actors to benefit from this presence is highly uneven, placing the politics of class at the centre of any understanding of Sino-African encounters. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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