Emerging Powers and Neo-Colonialism in Africa

  • Mark LanganEmail author
Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)


Many writings on African ‘development’ now concern themselves with new donor actors, especially China and its state-sponsored corporations. This chapter explores ‘new’ donor involvement in the continent with focus on China and Turkey. In relation to Chinese trade and aid, the chapter queries the progressive ‘development’ credentials of Chinese interventions with focus on Zambia and Angola. In both country contexts, Chinese corporations are seen to secure access to lucrative natural resources with little tangible return for the poorer citizenry. Indeed, Chinese interventions are seen to perpetuate (neo)colonial trade and production patterns and to denude the exercise of empirical sovereignty. Meanwhile, Turkish interventions under President Erodgan are seen to be couched in a benevolent discourse of humanitarian concern. Nevertheless, Turkish interests in oil in Somalia’s Puntland province combined to its arms deals, challenges the notion that Turkey offers a real alternative system to the ‘neo-colonialism’ of the West.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Newcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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