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Volume Six                                                                         Winter-Spring 2011-2012                                                           Numbers 3-4.

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     BETWEEN THE TIGER AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA: A CRITIQUE OF WESTERN PERSPECTIVES ON

   CONTEMPORARY SINO-AFRICA RELATIONS

 

    Philip Attuquayefio

    Research Fellow,

    Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy

    University of Ghana, Legon

    Email:pattuquayefio@ug.edu.gh

 

    Linda Darkwa

    Research Fellow

    Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy

    University of Ghana, Legon

    Email:akua.darkwa@gmail.com

 

    Beatrice Torto

    Consultant on Strategic African Development Issues

    RiAfrik Consult

    P.O. Box AN 6078

    Accra, Ghana 

    Email: beatricetorto@hotmail.com

 

     Published Online: February 10, 2017

    Published Online: February 10, 2017

 ABSTRACT

 

Within the last ten years, China has made significant economic and political inroads in Africa. It has enhanced relations with a significant number of African countries and its trade volume increased from US $20 billion in 2001 to an excess of US $114.81 billion in 2010. China’s involvement in Africa has generated interests from many quarters within the international community. While it appears that most African countries are keen on replicating China's success story in Africa, perspectives on Sino-African relations largely emanating from the West, generally point to some form of continental exploitation by China. These perspectives are based on China’s dealings with countries such as Sudan, Zimbabwe and Guinea, largely considered as countries with politically repressive governments, disregard for environmental corollaries, unequal negotiating ground between China and African countries, and excessive control of Africa’s resources. Operating from a realist conceptualization of international relations, and using mainly qualitative data, this article presents a critique of the West’s perspectives on contemporary Sino-Africa relations. It proceeds on the hypothesis that contemporary Sino-African relations are mutually beneficial to China and Africa. It concludes that on the basis of the mutual benefits, African countries are likely to sustain their relationships with China.

 

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