The People's Republic of China in Africa

Authored by: Haluk Karadağ

Routledge Handbook of Conflict Response and Leadership in Africa

Print publication date:  September  2021
Online publication date:  September  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367332228
eBook ISBN: 9780429318603
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The real history of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Africa starts with the Mao Zedong. After the period of World War II, Communist China was standing alone in the international system and that pave the way for China to find international partners. Africa was the region that also suffered from Western capitalism for centuries and was the right address to cooperate with. So, that strategic move in the 1960s opened the doors of Africa to PRC. During the last two decades, PRC increased its public diplomacy efforts and turned them into economic benefits. This part of the book tries to shed light on the economic relations, educational and cultural cooperation, and peace and security relations of the African states with the PRC, especially in today’s world. It also aims to identify the roots of that partnership and tries to establish a basic framework of bilateral relations.

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