Beijing Foreign Policy in West Africa Essay
Foreign Policy Article: Published by Kingsley C. Onyenankeya December 5, 2011 SUNY EMPIRE STATE
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Increased aid, debt cancellation, and a recent explosion of trade transactions with a strategic focus on oil, have proven mutually advantageous to Beijing and West African states (Africapractice, Isaac idun-Arkhust and James Laing, p.7). By offering aid without preconditions or strings attached, Beijing has presented an alternative to Western conditional aid and gained influence and Kingsley: Beijing Foreign policy in West Africa 3 diplomatic support to defend its international interest in the continent.
However, a general relationship differing from past African- Western patterns, alongside support of authoritarian regimes and governments at the expense of human rights, make the economic consequence of increased Beijing involvement in West Africa and Africa as a continent intertwined at best, while the political outcome will prove to be unsustainable.
China's economy has grown at an average rate of 9 per cent annually since the last 3 decades and its energy consumption has tripled and outstrips