© 2012

China’s Resource Diplomacy in Africa

Powering Development?


Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Marcus Power, Giles Mohan, May Tan-Mullins
    Pages 1-25
  3. Marcus Power, Giles Mohan, May Tan-Mullins
    Pages 26-61
  4. Marcus Power, Giles Mohan, May Tan-Mullins
    Pages 62-87
  5. Marcus Power, Giles Mohan, May Tan-Mullins
    Pages 88-126
  6. Marcus Power, Giles Mohan, May Tan-Mullins
    Pages 127-159
  7. Marcus Power, Giles Mohan, May Tan-Mullins
    Pages 160-190
  8. Marcus Power, Giles Mohan, May Tan-Mullins
    Pages 191-220
  9. Marcus Power, Giles Mohan, May Tan-Mullins
    Pages 221-259
  10. Marcus Power, Giles Mohan, May Tan-Mullins
    Pages 260-272
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 273-329

About this book


The book seeks to understand China's evolving political and economic role in Africa and assesses what impacts Chinese aid, trade and investment have on the politics of specific African countries, and the extent to which it excites geopolitical competition.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of DurhamUK
  2. 2.The Open UniversityUK
  3. 3.University of Nottingham NingboChina

About the authors

MARCUS POWER Professor in Human Geography at the University of Durham, UK. His research interests include post-socialist transformations in Southern Africa; critical geographies and genealogies of (post)development; post-colonial geographies of Lusophone Africa; vision, visuality and geopolitics and the terms of China-Africa engagement. He is author of Rethinking Development Geographies (2003). 
GILES MOHAN Professor of International Development at The Open University, UK. He is a human geographer who studies African governance and the transnational connections to and from Africa, especially migrants. He has published extensively in geography, development studies and African studies journals and has consulted for a range of BBC documentaries on issues of international development.
MAY TAN-MULLINS Assistant Professor in International Relations, at the division of International Studies, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China. She is also a consultant for the National Bureau of Asian Research, Revenue Watch and Transparency and Accountability Initiative in the United States, working on energy and resources issues. 

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"For anyone seeking to understand Chinese involvement in Africa this book is an essential read. It is valuable for its application of a range of theoretical approaches in specific contexts, its balanced judgements and detailed case studies. Above all, it will be seriously useful for Africanists seeking to know more about the complexities of China itself as an actor, or complex of actors, on the African stage." The Round Table

"The main strength of the book resides in the multi-scalar analysis provided by the three authors. From inter-personal relations to multilateral trade deals, the authors cover in a rather exhaustive fashion all facets of the relationship . . . This a very useful volume for scholars, policy-makers and activists engaging with Chinese African relations and with questions of China's geopolitical and developmental responsibilities towards Africa." Area

"Marcus Power, Giles Mohan and May Tan-Mullins provide an accomplished academic work in China's Resource Diplomacy in Africa. Theoretically oriented but anchored empirically in the cases of Ghana and Angola, this is attuned particularly well to evelopment politics within a global political economy framework." - The Journal of Modern African Studies