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China-Africa Co-operation Beyond Extractive Industries: The Case of Chinese Agricultural Assistance in West Africa

"Traditionally focused on extractive industries, China’s co-operation with Africa is moving towards greater diversification, as African economies themselves diversify and new needs and opportunities arise across the continent. West Africa is a cas...

Taming the Dragon? Defining Africa's Interests at the Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC)

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, and the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), Midrand, South Africa, cohosted a policy advisory group meeting in Tshwane (Pretoria) on 13 and 14 July 2009 on the theme, “Taming the ...

Taming the Dragon? Defining Africa's Interests at the Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC)

The policy seminar examined systematically how Africa’s 53 states define and articulate their geo-strategic interests and policies for engaging China within FOCAC. Beijing has a structured long-term view of engaging Africa at FOCAC, but Africa is ...

China and Africa – Opportunities and Challenges

"The phenomenon of China in the global arena is quite significant. It presents opportunities and challenges which African policy makers and thinkers must take very seriously and respond to it very intensively. This is particularly so as other reg...

The Impact of China-Africa Trade Relations: The Case of Kenya

"The increase in China’s economic and political involvement in Africa is arguably the most momentous development on the continent today. One of the more contentious issues surrounding Sino-African relations involves trade. Although Africa and Chin...

Understanding China's Agricultural Investments in Africa

"Although agricultural growth has increased in Africa in recent years, food security remains a severe challenge. International organisations and programmes, such as the UN millennium development goals, have called for greater investment in Afric...

China’s Economic Statecraft in Africa

Africa, preeminent recipient of Chinese aid, has benefited greatly from Chinese low-rate loans, infrastructure projects and trade relations. Consequently, these massive investments cause analysts to question whether this Chinese expansionism cons...

China-Zambia Relations in Development Cooperation: Towards Concluding some Unfinished Business

More formally, what are some of the profound elements of unfinished business in China-Zambia relations which tie to Zambia’s developmental goals and aspirations, including those in the Vision 2030? This policy brief sought to undertake a critical...

China's Relations with Africa and the Arab World: Shared Trends, Different Priorities

China–Africa relations do not relate to the African continent only, but also inform Chinese foreign policy conduct in other parts of the developing world. The Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is a plurilateral platform guiding China–Afric...

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