'Few subjects are as complicated as China’s African policy and the motives behind it...' - Emmanuel J Hevi
CHINA'S growing engagement with Africa has major implications for both sides, and has added an important strategic context to South-South co-operation.
In this volume, two leading South African scholars examine this dynamic which takes on added meaning because of the new Sino-South African axis.
The authors point out that China-Africa relations have a long historical pedigree. Even the vagaries of the Cold War did not suppress continued Chinese support for African struggles for independence and self-determination.
In the current setting, an emerging discourse warns that China’s engagement with Africa is driven by its need for raw materials, which could presage a new ‘resource imperialism'. However, the authors argue that this view ignores the firm normative framework underpinning China’s relationship with Africa, and conclude that, provided this relationship is properly managed, it will greatly benefit both parties as well as other countries of the global South.
It is hoped that this volume will help policy-makers, planners, and scholars to gain a better understanding of this important new dimension in international relations.
Garth le Pere is executive director of the Institute for Global Dialogue in Midrand, South Africa.
Garth Shelton is associate professor of international relations at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and founder of its East Asia Project.