• Olayiwola Abegunrin
  • Charity Manyeruke
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)

China, once in need of international recognition and now in need of raw materials, has walked carefully and humbly toward Africa. Thus, the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first overseas trip was to Africa in March 2013. During this trip to Africa, he doubled Chinese aid commitment to $20 billion from 2013 to 2015.1 The dynamic evolved into what is now called the Beijing Consensus, China’s soft power diplomatic policy, entailing a strict respect for African sovereignty and a hands-off approach to internal issues. In short, loans and infrastructure without any political strings about democracy, transparency, or human rights attached.2

China’s noninterferencein the internal affairs of other nations model gives African leaders more freedom and the opportunity to work for immediate economic development with China; controversial African leaders face a second or third chance to join in international partnership this time with a successful developing nation; many of these excuses about...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olayiwola Abegunrin
    • 1
  • Charity Manyeruke
    • 2
  1. 1.Howard University and University of MarylandHyattsvilleUSA
  2. 2.University of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe

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