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China-Africa and an Economic Transformation$
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Arkebe Oqubay and Justin Yifu Lin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198830504

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198830504.001.0001

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The Institutional Framework of Sino-African Relations

The Institutional Framework of Sino-African Relations

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(p.98) Chapter 6 The Institutional Framework of Sino-African Relations
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China-Africa and an Economic Transformation
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Ian Taylor

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198830504.003.0006

Chinese policy towards Africa is mediated through an array of different actors and institutions, which complicates the ability of Beijing to see through specific policy pronouncements. Liberalization has seen a plethora of agencies and companies engaging with the continent, and while China has official policies, different interests and dynamics within the official structures may frustrate the smooth delivery of such goals. A study of the institutional framework demonstrates that China is by no means a unitary actor, and contrary to popular belief, what happens on the ground in Africa may not necessarily reflect the official Chinese position. Despite this, China is routinely blamed if something negative occurs. This problem is compounded by an asymmetry in the Sino-African relationship and the fact that Chinese officials will not admit that they are not fully in control of matters.

Keywords:   China, Africa, institutions, aid, foreign policy, think tanks, Communist Party of China, FOCAC

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