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China and the geo-political imagination of African ‘development’

Power, M.; Mohan, G.


G. Mohan


C.M. Dent


In its pursuit of this growth-oriented model, a number of African countries have come to occupy centrestage in Chinese foreign policy as potential sources of raw materials to fuel China’s growth or as emerging markets for Chinese goods. In this way, China’s foreign policy is understood by some to be shifting from a concern with ‘ideology’ to a preoccupation with ‘business’, using what Joseph Nye (2004) terms ‘soft power’ to cajole client states into accepting Chinese contracts. For observers such as Alden (2007) and Taylor (2007), soft power is part of China’s ‘oil diplomacy’ in which notionally unconditional aid, low-interest loans and technical co-operation agreements are used to cement bilateral deals over oil supply, engineering contracts and trade agreements.


Power, M., & Mohan, G. (2010). China and the geo-political imagination of African ‘development’. In C. Dent (Ed.), China and Africa Development Relations (42-67). Routledge.

Online Publication Date Aug 3, 2010
Publication Date 2010
Deposit Date Jul 8, 2010
Publisher Routledge
Pages 42-67
Edition 1st Edition
Book Title China and Africa Development Relations
Chapter Number 3
ISBN 9780203845028