China in Africa: Seven Myths

Brautigam, Deborah (2011) China in Africa: Seven Myths. Elcano Newsletter (74). 7 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

Sensationalism and rumours cloud our ability to understand China’s growing engagement in Africa, and to craft appropriate responses. This paper dissects seven common myths on China in Africa. Many of the fears about Chinese aid and engagement in Africa are misinformed. This paper unpacks seven myths: (1) ‘China is a newcomer to Africa’; (2) ‘China targets pariah regimes’; (3) ‘China hurts the West’s efforts to build democracy’; (4) ‘Chinese aid is huge’; (5) ‘Chinese aid is mainly used to win access to resources’; (6) ‘China is sending millions of farmers to Africa, leading the land grab’; and (7) ‘Chinese companies bring in all their own workers’. While China’s rise in Africa is cause for some concern, efforts to gain a more realistic picture should help Africans and their other development partners to craft appropriate responses.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: África-Subsahariana
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > FOREIGN POLICY.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > ECONOMIC RELATIONS.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > COUNTRIES AND REGIONS > AFRICA
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > COUNTRIES AND REGIONS > CHINA
TRADE > INTERNATIONAL TRADE > FOREIGN TRADE POLICY.
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2012 02:50
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2012 02:50
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/2154

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