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China as the New Colonial Power in Africa? Disputed Strategies of Securing Resources

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  • Margot Schüller
  • Helmut Asche

In January 2007 Chinese President Hu Jintao went on an eight-nation tour to Africa, visiting Cameroon, Liberia, Sudan, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa und the Seychelles. He signed a large number of agreements on economic cooperation and unveiled a new aid package for these African countries. It was already the third time for Hu to visit Africa in his capacity of state president and a follow up to the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in November 2006. His visits aimed at underlining the importance of Africa to the Chinese political leadership and to reassure that China will be a responsible partner and friend, not a new coloniser. However, China s emerging role as a development partner offering alternative channels for economic aid has let to controversy among DAC-donors (Development Assistance Committee) in the media.

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Article provided by Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg in its journal China aktuell - Journal of Current Chinese Affairs.

Volume (Year): 36 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 67-78

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Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:36:y:2007:i:2:p:67-78
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