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The Morality of China in Africa

The Morality of China in Africa

Professor Stephen Chan | Jerry Liu | Sumit Roy | Doctor Quing Cao | L. H. M. Ling | Xiaoming Huang | Patrick Mazimhaka


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Edited with authority by the influential and respected Stephen Chan, this unique collection of essays gathers together for the first time both African and Chinese perspectives on China's place in Africa. The book starts with an excellent introductory essay from Stephen Chan, written in his usual elegant prose and featuring some very fresh insights organised with great clarity. Featuring useful historical context, this brave book analyses the "moral" aspects of the policies and ensuing migration. The book completely undermines existing assumptions concerning Sino-African relations, such as that Africa is of critical importance for China; that China sees no risk in its largesse towards Africa; and that there is a single Chinese profile/agenda. The resulting collection touches the issue of racism but is equally about moments of pure idealism and 'romance' in Sino-African history.
Stephen Chan OBE is Professor of International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and was a member of the Trilateral Dialogue on China, Africa, and the United States.
'Is China moral in Africa? Stephen Chan's richly nuanced new book answers this question through his own burnished prose and by drawing together an exceptional group of Chinese and African co-authors. Chan leads them - and us - deftly across a map layered with shared history, legends, and the clash of cultures.' Deborah Brautigam, Professor and Director, International Development Program, Johns Hopkins University/SAIS. 'Stephen Chan provide a look at what drives Beijing's policy in Africa through this refreshing collection of contributions by non-Western scholars. This is a well-edited, crisp compilation of essays that provides a welcome contrast to the flood of Western academic writings on China in Africa over the last decade.' Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law, Chatham House

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
About the Editor ii
Title page iii
Copyright iv
Contents v
Preface vii
Part I: The Middle Kingdom and the Dark Continent 1
1 The Middle Kingdom and the Dark Continent: an essay on China, Africa and many fault lines 3
A global outlook from withdrawn enclaves 6
Descended from Confucius, powerless against the Soviets 13
A short disquisition on vertical reciprocation 15
The outlands beyond the Central Kingdom 17
But the outlands also evoke high morality and romance 19
Some outlands require not patience but pragmatism 21
The conditional future 24
Zambia and the copper mountain 27
The copper mountain and universities 31
What is this distant future? 33
Chinese weaknesses and vulnerabilities 36
Slow but sure changes in the Chinese posture 41
Part II: Chinese responses 45
2 Sino-African cultural relations: soft power, cultural statecraft and international cultural governance 47
Figure 2.1 The logics of cultural governance 55
3 From revolution to business: China’s changing discourses on Africa 60
The Confucian template 63
Moralism 64
The international world system: political discourse 66
The road ahead 67
4 Zhuge Liang and Meng Huo: a metaphor for Sino–African relations? 70
5 Back to basics: it could be anyone and, anyway, it’s all hard work 79
Part III: African outlooks 87
6 China and Africa: an African view 89
Precolonial contacts between China and Africa 91
China meets Africa in the era of liberation 91
Capitalism, communism, China and Africa during the Cold War 96
The ultimate gift 98
How important is Africa to China? 101
China and the African Union 103
The grand debate: Africa–China–US Trilateral Dialogue 104
China on key contentious issues in its dealings with Africa 107
Africa’s development situation 109
Chinese interests in Africa 111
How do ordinary Africans view the China–Africa relationship? 111
China sidesteps ideology to move centre stage 113
China–Africa and the fault lines 116
Conclusion 119
7 Competition or partnership? China, the United States and Africa – an African view 122
Africa’s development situation 123
China’s interest in Africa 125
Points of intersection: a coincidence of interests? 126
A ‘win–win’ strategy? 129
8 And what about India and Africa? The road ahead 131
Afterword: The future of China and Africa 140
Contributors 146
Index 147