Dragon Watching Its Tail

China's Evolving Engagement Strategy in Africa

Published in: China's Great Leap Outward: Hard and Soft Dimensions of a Rising Power / Andrew Scobell, Marylena Mantas, eds. (New York: The Academy of Political Science, 2014)

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2014

by Lyle J. Morris, Larry Hanauer

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This article evaluates the state of Chinese Economic involvement in Africa. At both the government and grassroots levels, China seems to be taking seriously feedback and criticism of certain Chinese policies that negatively affect the lives and interests of Africans to a greater extent than in the past. This article seeks to highlight China's evolving approach to the continent. While it is true that growing tensions and contradictions have challenged China's growing presence in Africa, China has by no means been a passive actor in the face of change. To the contrary, it has addressed many of these problems through subtle policy adjustments based on feedback from African governments and its people.

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