Sino-African Relations Case Study

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Problem statement
The genesis of Sino-African relations started with the conference of Bandung in 1955. During that conference, China committed itself in establishing good relations with Africa. Sino-African relations are based on principles inspired from the ones of Bandung (respect of sovereignty, non –interference in domestic affairs, solidarity between States etc.). China’s diplomatic approach to Africa was far much different from the relations that African countries had with the West, especially the former colonial powers. Then, China’s constant growth since 1978 has pushed it to enhance its cooperation with the African continent because it was looking for new sources of natural and energy resources to sustain its growth.
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Madison Condon (2012) argued that conditionality often causes more harm than good. According to her, economic growth is the precondition to Africa’s political empowerment and good governance. Undisputedly, Chinese policies, including trade and investments and its role as a donor and creditor, will have an important impact on the future of African developing countries. Thanks to the transformation made possible in a span of four decades, China, which is home to a fifth of the world population, has now managed to assert itself as one of the major powers. China’s rise came about through its Reform and Open Doors policy – a model of development known as “Chinese Model”.
Today, China seems to be willing to share its experiences with developing countries. As a result, China’s importance in African politics, governance and development is growing. The beginning of 21st century experienced the creation of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The Forum has been an important turning point of China- Africa
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This is due to the fact that they consider China’s involvement in Africa as a threat because for their ow interests in Africa. They also think that the introduction of Chinese goods in Africa’s market has a negative effect because it often results in the closure of the local manufacturer and even on exacerbating unemployment (Taylor, 2004).
Significance of the study
1* SCIENTIFIC VALUE The first interest of this study will be a contribution to the scientific knowledge of China’s rise field of study in the context of power transition, one of the most important theories in international relations after the end of cold war. The particularity of our research will also allow to offer diverse and comprehensive views on the growth of China in Africa and its implications in the development of Africa. 2* SOCIAL VALUE The second interest lies in the will of using the study as a reference that could help African and Chinese scholars and political decisions makers to think carefully about how to conduct their domestic policy and foreign policy which will be benefit for humanity. It is important that African countries seize opportunities that China’s rise offer to them in order to improve and fasten their

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