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Live and Let Live: Africa’s Response Options to China’s BRI

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Abstract

In Chap. 9, Kodzi offers a timely perspective on the ongoing debate about how China’s BRI might deliver tangible benefits to African partners. The impact of Chinese engagement on local businesses in different regions is explored both broadly and in a specific African country context. Using the resource dependence theory and the supply chain practice view, the chapter focuses on technology- and knowledge-enhancing industry linkages to conceptualize a pragmatic response by African industry sectors to the competitive pressures associated with Chinese business engagement. By adopting a response view, this chapter proposes credible options for African countries to increase the strategic value of their contribution in BRI exchanges—rather than being casualties of power asymmetry.

Keywords

  • Response
  • Reorganization
  • Internationalization
  • Africa
  • Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
  • Supply chain

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Kodzi, E. (2018). Live and Let Live: Africa’s Response Options to China’s BRI. In: Zhang, W., Alon, I., Lattemann, C. (eds) China's Belt and Road Initiative. Palgrave Studies of Internationalization in Emerging Markets. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-75435-2_9

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