Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa by Axel Harneit-Sievers, Stephen Marks, Sanusha Naidu

By Axel Harneit-Sievers, Stephen Marks, Sanusha Naidu

The deepening engagement of China in Africa because the finish of the chilly struggle has ended in debates concerning the evolving nature of this courting, but the focal point of study has mostly been constrained to the interactions among states. Little cognizance has been paid to the starting to be discussion among chinese language and African civil society companies. This choice of essays written by means of students and activists explores the interplay among African and chinese language nonstate actors and argues that the way forward for Africa-China relatives rests on together with such voices if a powerful and colourful engagement and a significant courting are to be sustained. those essays check China's actions in Africa via styles of funding, felony cooperation, results at the setting, alternate, relief and exertions hyperlinks, questions of peace, safeguard and balance, the African Union reaction, attainable regulatory interventions, and the longer term strengthening of an Africa-China discussion.

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It indicated how Beijing seeks to cem ent its ties with the co ntinent, in a ch an ging glob al env ironment of instability and eco nomi c uncertainty, b ased on a five-p oint p ro p osal that was to co ncretise this new con sen su s: 1 Cem enting solidarity and extending mutual support to cop e with the internation al fin ancia l crisis 2 Improving mutu al trust and co n solidating the p olitical fo und ation of China and Africa's tradition al friend ship 3 Lifting up the mutu ally beneficial and prac tical trade and econ omi c coop eration between C hina and Africa 4 Widening exch an ges and deep ening cultural and education al coop eration 5 Collaborating closely and stepping up coordination in international affairs .

In the first half of 2009, despite the global financial economic crisis, President Hu Jintao pledged during hi s friendship and cooperation visit to the Middle East and Africa in February 2009 th at it was indeed 'business as usual' for the Chinese, with more deals and contracts signed with African countries (Naidu 2009b). 6 billion agreement to develop Liberia's iron ore minethe biggest ever investment in the West African nation • A new agreement with Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited to replace the nation's first communications satellite, which failed in orbit in November 2008 • US$l billion to revamp national stadiums in Angola for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

This means that China w ill also h ave to assess how the political instability m ay affect its trade, investment and aid interests in Africa, especially w here there ar e populist leaders ch ampioning the rights of the economically m arginalised who use the threat of China trying to steal n ation al resources as a pretext for their aggression . At the same time, Beijing will be h ard presse d to justify to its own d om esti c constituency w hy it is sending money abroad when there are serious social ch allen ges at home.

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