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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 Changing Dynamics of Chinese Oil and Gas Engagements in Africa

The Changing Dynamics of Chinese Oil and Gas Engagements in Africa

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(p.173) Chapter 9 The Changing Dynamics of Chinese Oil and Gas Engagements in Africa
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China-Africa and an Economic Transformation
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Cyril Obi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198830504.003.0009

This chapter examines the changing patterns of Chinese state oil corporations’ engagements with African petro-states through investments in the upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors, and their potential for Africa’s development within the context of evolving China–Africa relations. It conceptually frames such relations, analyzes the contextual shifts and interests involved, and cautions against rather alarmist or biased readings of China–Africa relations that neglect or gloss over the ‘facts on the ground’ and specificities. It also unpacks the notion of African agency in the context of Africa–China economic relations, particularly in the ways Chinese state oil corporations operating in Africa’s oilfields—traditionally dominated by Western oil multinationals—have been exposed to opportunities, risks, structural challenges, and regulation by African petro-states. This provides a sound basis for understanding how lessons learnt and experiences on both sides define the place of China–Africa oil engagements as a key element for potential economic transformation.

Keywords:   China–Africa, oil, corporations, transformation, Nigeria, Angola, South Sudan

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