China's New Role in Africa 2009

China's New Role in Africa 2009


By (author) Ian Taylor

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  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 227 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 18mm | 327g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder, CO
  • ISBN 10: 1588267369
  • ISBN 13: 9781588267368
  • Sales rank: 629,217

Product description

Although China denies that it harbors ambitions to become a superpower, its leadership has made clear its intention that the country be a major player in the global arena. Against this backdrop, Ian Taylor explores the nature and implications of China's burgeoning role in Africa. Taylor argues that Beijing is using Africa not only as a source of needed raw materials and potential new markets, but also to bolster its own position on the international stage. After tracing the history of Sino-African relations, he addresses key current issues: What will be the long-term consequences, for example, of China's successes in securing access to the continent's oil? How will cheap Chinese imports affect Africa's manufacturing base? What has been the impact of China's arms sales to Africa? Based on extensive field research in both China and across Africa, "China's New Role in Africa" is a major contribution to illuminating a little-known, but increasingly important, relationship. It explores the nature and implications of China's burgeoning role in Africa.

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Author information

Ian Taylor is professor in the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews. His recent publications include Nepad: Toward Africa's Development or Another False Start?

Review quote

"A brilliant book, balanced and logically convincing. Taylor succeeds in debunking many misperceptions about the Sino-African relationship, and putting China's African policy in a much broader context." - Lanxin Xiang, Survival "While there are a great deal of data, Taylor presents his information clearly, and readers with little background on the topic will not find themselves at sea.... Highly recommended." - Choice"

Table of contents

China's Africa Policy in Context. Oil Diplomacy. The Impact of Cheap Chinese Goods. The Issue of Human Rights. The Arms Trade. Peacekeeping. What Does It All Mean?