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Beyond the New “Two Whateverisms”: China’s Ties in Africa

  • Ian Taylor
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    The exponential rise of Chinese activities in Africa over the last eight years has been accompanied by a rise in accusations that “China” is seeking to colonise Africa and/or is responsible for a whole host of issues and problems on the continent. Such commentaries have had the intriguing effect of manufacturing a new “two whateverisms” (liangge fanshi), this time built around crude binaries: whatever “China” does in Africa is immoral, and whatever others (either “the West” or African actors) do – or do not do – can be explained away, if not defended. This article argues for a more nuanced perspective on the prospects and issues that rising Chinese activities in Africa bring.

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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): 37 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 181-195

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    Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:37:y:2008:i:3:p:181-195
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