|Title:||Between the Tiger and the Deep Blue Sea: A Critique of Western Perspectives on Contemporary Sino-Africa Relations|
|Citation:||Attuquayefio, P., Darkwa, L., & Torto, B. (2012) Between the Tiger and the Deep Blue Sea: A Critique of Western Perspectives on Contemporary Sino-Africa Relations. Global Development Studies Vol. 6 Nos. 3-4, pp.25-47.|
|Abstract:||Within the last ten years, China has made significant economic and political inroads in Africa. It has enhanced relations with a significant number of African countries and its trade volume increased from US$20billion in 2001 to an excess of US$114.8billion in2010. China’s involvement in Africa has generated interests from many quarters within the international community. While it appears that most African countries are keen on replicating China’s success story in Africa, perspectives on Sino-African relations largely emanating from the West, generally pointing to some form of continental exploitation by China. These perspectives are based on China’s dealings with countries such as Sudan, Zimbabwe and Guinea, largely considered as countries with politically repressive governments, disregard for environmental corollaries, unequal negotiating ground between China and African countries, and excessive control of Africa’s resources. Operating from a realist conceptualization of international relations, and using mainly qualitative data, this article presents a critique of the West’s perspectives on contemporary Sino-African relations. It proceeds on the hypothesis that contemporary Sino-African relations are mutually beneficial to China and Africa. It concludes that on the basis of the mutual benefits, African countries are likely to sustain their relations with China.|
|Appears in Collections:||Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD)|
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