Who is in Charge? State Power and Agency in Sino-African Relation

Padraig Carmody, Peter Kragelund

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Abstract

Recently, much has been written about the role of African agency in the continent’s emergent relationship with China. Some scholars have argued that previous writing on the subject of Sino-African relations
presented an unbalanced picture in which an all-powerful China subjugated weak African states, thereby replicating previous Orientalist tropes about Africa. More recent scholarship by Corkin, Mohan, and others, however, has focused on the significant power of African political elites in shaping
the nature of relations with China. This Article seeks to conceptualize the nature of the power relations between China and African states by examining concepts deployed in these scholarly debates. We then test
these concepts through case studies of Angola and Zambia— two of the African states with which China has been most engaged and two major
commodity exporter monoeconomies.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftCornell International Law Journal
Vol/bind49
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)1-23
ISSN0010-8812
StatusUdgivet - 2016

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