Hot Off The Press: Understanding China’s strategy in Africa

Image: Flickr, Osrin
Image: Flickr, Osrin

The South African Institute of International Affairs has released a host of new publications highlighting various emerging policy issues and areas of engagement between the African continent and China.

The China-Africa Project, which began its activities in 2007, has produced a number of country-based analyses on several African countries, as well as sectoral analyses in telecommunications, finance, agriculture, resources, development assistance and special economic zones. The publications seek to contribute to a better understanding of China’s overall strategy in Africa, assessing its impact on development and governance on the continent.

The country-specific studies, rather than simply being a set of sectoral studies of Chinese investments in particular economies, provide a context-sensitive and comprehensive analysis of how these various sectors contribute to economic growth and development; their political economies, especially vis-à-vis foreign service providers; and the role the Chinese are playing in these sectors. The studies are underpinned by the idea that increased trade in services between China and Africa is poorly understood, but also potentially extremely beneficial to recipient African countries (unlike, perhaps, investments and trade in natural resources) if used effectively as leverage for broader economic development.



Policy Briefings:

The Zambia–China Cooperation Zone at a Crossroads: What Now?
by Ana Alves
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 41, December 2011

The Evolving Nature of Chinese Telecommunications Investment in the DRC
by Gregory Mthembu-Salter
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 39, November 2011

Chinese Banking Interests in Mozambique
by Ana Cristina Alves
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 37, November 2011

China and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa: The Case of Sudan
by Daniel Large
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 36, October 2011


Occasional Papers:

Chinese Financial Institutions and Africa
By Riaan Meyer, Abiodun Alao, Chris Alden and Ana Cristina Alves
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 103, December 2011

Understanding China’s Agricultural Investments in Africa
by Helen Lei Sun
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 102, November 2011

Nigeria and the BRICs: Diplomatic, Trade, Cultural and Military Relations
by Abiodun Alao
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 101, November 2011

To Bélinga or not to Bélinga? China’s Evolving Engagement in Gabon’s Mining Sector
by Romain Dittgen
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 98, November 2011

The Sicomines Agreement: Change and Continuity in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s International Relations
by Johanna Jansson
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 97, October 2011

Chinese Economic and Trade Co-operation Zones in Africa: The Case of Mauritius
by Ana Cristina Alves
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 74, January 2011

China’s Overseas Foreign Direct Investment Risk: 2008–2009
by Wang Duanyong
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 73, January 2011



22 Dec 2011