"In this paper we analyse China's engagement in Africa from the perspective of political economy. We demonstrate China's actions in Africa are the consequence of the former's economic needs, its political goals and, not least, its specific comparative advantages on the African continent. Since China has already become a significant investor in Africa and is expected to become even more so in the future, we argue that Western donors would do well to take the findings in this paper into account, and reconsider their development strategies for Africa accordingly."