The China-Africa relationship has so far largely been depicted as one in which the Chinese state and Chinese entrepreneurs control the agenda, with Africans and their governments as passive actors exercising little or no agency. This volume examines the African side of the relation, to show how African state and non-state actors increasingly influence the China-Africa partnership and, in so doing, begin to shape their economic and political futures.
The influx of public and private sector Chinese actors across the African continent has led to a rise of opportunities and challenges, which the volume sets out to examine. With case studies from Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Zambia, and across the technology, natural resource, manufacturing, and financial sectors, it shows not only how African realities shape Chinese actions, but also how African governments and entrepreneurs are learning to leverage their competitive advantages and to negotiate the growing Chinese presence across the continent.
Editor: Aleksandra W. Gadzala is a Research Analyst at responsAbility Investments AG, and an Africa Region contributor to Oxford Analytica. Contributors: Lucy Corkin works at Rand Merchant Bank, a South African investment bank, and is a Research Associate of the Africa-Asia Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Joshua Eisenman is assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin's Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs and senior fellow for China studies at the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) in Washington, DC. Iginio Gagliardone is British Academy Research Fellow and a member of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford. Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School. Mark Kaigwa is a consultant, technologist and blogger based in Nairobi, Kenya and a recognized leader in Africa's emerging media industry. Giles Mohan is Professor of International Development at the UK's Open University. Barry Sautman is a political scientist and lawyer at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. Ian Taylor is Professor in International Relations and African Politics at St Andrews and also Chair Professor in the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China. Yu-Shan Wu is a full-time researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Acknowledgments Preface Introduction Part I: African State Agency Chapter 1: China-Africa Trade Patterns: Causes, Consequences, and Perceptions Joshua Eisenman Chapter 2: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Agency-as-corruption and the Sino-Nigerian Relationship Ian Taylor Chapter 3: China and the Shaping of African Information Societies Iginio Gagliardone Chapter 4: Understanding Angolan Agency: The Luanda-Beijing Face-off Lucy Corkin Chapter 5: Ethiopia: Towards a Foreign Funded 'Revolutionary Democracy' Aleksandra W Gadzala Part II: African Agency Beyond the State Chapter 6: Making Space for African Agency in China-Africa Engagements: Ghanaian and Nigerian Patrons Shaping Chinese Enterprise Ben Lampert and Giles Mohan Chapter 7: Racialization as Agency in Zambia-China Relations Barry Sautman Chapter 8: #MadeinAfrica: How China-Africa relations take on new meaning thanks to digital communication Mark Kaigwa and Yu-Shan Wu Chapter 9: Afro-Chinese Cooperation: The Evolution of Diplomatic Agency Calestous Juma Bibliography Contributor Biographies Index