Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) at Stellenbosch University in South Africa published on 20 January 2014 a brief commentary titled "France's and China's Policies in Africa" by David Benazeraf, an affiliate with CCS. He identifies an evolution in France's strategy towards Africa which tends to converge towards increased pragmatism and is more focused on business as China has done for many years. France does not officially draw inspiration from Chinese policies and will not behave like China in Africa. Nevertheless, this evolution highlights the rising economic competition among global powers in Africa.