Inserting Agency in the Relations with China

  • Carlos Lopes


The continent needs partnerships for fast implementation (particularly in the areas of financial resources, trade, investments, and capacity-building) of its development priorities. One of the most contested issues in the current assessments of African development trajectory is the emergence of new partners such as China, which is redefining how the continent engages with the rest of the world. There is need to unpack the different dimensions of the links between Africa and China, including the ‘untold story’ of the relationship, which is the growing interest of Africa in the Chinese economy. There is a need to recognise the complexity of this relationship and identify ways of reinserting African agency in Sino-African relations. Africa must make the best of its relations with the China, its number one trading partner and foreign direct investor.


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  • Carlos Lopes
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  1. 1.Mandela School of Public GovernanceUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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