China’s Economic Engagement in Africa

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


China and Africa have a history of trade relations, sometimes through third parties, dating back as far as 202 BC and 220 AD. Speaking before the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May 1996, former Chinese President Jiang Zemin said:

We had a memorable yesterday… We enjoy a splendid today. The flower of Sino-African friendship is blooming with the care and nurturing of the Chinese and African peoples. We will greet a flourishing tomorrow… China, the biggest developing country in the world, is ready to join hands with Africa, the biggest developing continent in the world, to…march into the twenty-first century full of confidence.1

Africa-China relations began centuries ago and continue through the present day. Currently, China is seeking resources for its growing economy and consumption, and African countries are seeking funds to develop their infrastructures. Large-scale structural projects, often accompanied by...

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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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