This new book in the Pambazuka Press ‘China and Africa’ series explores China’s deepening engagement in Africa from the rarely heeded perspectives of African and Chinese civil society organisations.


The deepening engagement of China in Africa since the end of the cold war has led to debates about the evolving nature of this relationship. Yet the focus of analysis has largely been confined to the interactions between states. Little attention has been paid to the growing dialogue between Chinese and African civil society organisations. This collection of essays, written by scholars and activists, explores the interaction between African and Chinese non-state actors and argues that the future of Africa-China relations rests on including such voices if a robust and vibrant engagement and a meaningful relationship are to be sustained.

Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa assesses China’s activities in Africa through patterns of investment, legal cooperation, effects on the environment, trade, aid and labour links, questions of peace, security and stability, the African Union response, possible regulatory interventions and the future strengthening of an Africa–China CSO dialogue.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Axel Harneit-Sievers, Sanusha Naidu and Stephen Marks

Part I Ongoing debates

African studies in China: a historiographical survey – Li Anshan
China in Africa: a maturing of the engagement? – Sanusha Naidu
Matching China’s activities with Africa’s needs – Sanou Mbaye

Part II Macroeconomic dimensions

China’s strategic relations with Africa – Zeng Qiang
Chinese development assistance to Africa: aid, trade and debt – Nancy Dubosse
Trade, investment and legal cooperation between China and Africa – Hong Yonghong

Part III Country case studies

Ethio-China relations: challenges and prospects – Gedion Gamora and K. Mathews
China’s impact on Kenya’s clothing industry – Paul Kamau
The impact of Chinese imports on Nigerian traders – Edwin Ikhuoria
The dragon is not green enough: the potential environmental impact of Chinese investment in the DRC – Claude Kabemba
Disappearing forests, disappearing hope: Mozambique – Daniel Ribeiro
The West’s retreat and China’s advance in Angola – Elias Isaac

Part IV China, the African Union and the quest for peace

The Darfur issue and China’s role – He Wenping
The role of China in peace and security in Africa – Desire Assogbavi
The role and place of the African Union in the emerging China–Africa partnership – Francis Ikome

Part V Perspectives for civil society participation

Chinese perceptions of African CSOs: how should African CSOs engage China? – Xiao Yuhua
Sino-African relations: reflections on civil society engagement – Antony Otieno Ong’ayo
The Global Environmental Institute: regulating the ecological impact of Chinese overseas enterprises – Zhi Yingbiao and Bai Jie

China–African civil society dialogue in perspective – Axel Harneit-Sievers, Li Anshan, Sanusha Naidu and Stephen Marks

Detailed info

Title : Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa

Authors : Li Anshan, Desire Assogbavi, Nancy Dubosse, Gedion Gamora, Edwin Daniel Ikhuoria, Francis Ikome, Bai Jie, Claude Kabemba, Paul Kamau, K. Mathews, Sanou Mbaye, Antony Otieno Ong’ayo, Zeng Qiang, Daniel Ribeiro, He Wenping, Zhi Yingbiao, Xiao Yuhua

Edited by :  Axel Harneit-Sievers, Stephen Marks, Sanusha Naidu

Audience : Activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators

BISAC : POL033000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization | POL011000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations

BICS : JFFS Globalization, JPS International relations

Format Paperback | ISBN-10 : 1-906387-33-8 | ISBN-13 : 978-1-906387-33-4 | Reference no. : 9781906387334 | Publication Date September 2010 | Nb of pages : XVI – 274 Includes Index | Dimensions 12.9 x 19.8 x 1.5 cm | List Price £16.95 | Buy the book here

Format Adobe PDF :  ISBN-10 : 1-906387-34-6 | ISBN-13 : 978-1-906387-34-1 | Reference no. : 9781906387341 | Publication Date September 2010 | Nb of pages : XVI – 274 Includes Index | List Price £16.95 | Buy the PDF here

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