Thursday, July 17, 2014

African Development and the China Model

The Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN) has just published a summary of a June 2014 conference on "African Development, The China Model and the Poltics of Industrialization," which it held jointly with Fudan University.

The key conclusions were that China still lacks the confidence or political will to promote actively or export a "China model."  Western and Chinese approaches to the global political economy are not as great as is often alleged.  In Africa and elsewhere, China is increasingly seen not as a radically unique partner or threat, but as a normal great power.  Chinese involvement in the mediation of conflict in South Sudan is raising questions about its cardinal principle of upholding sovereignty. 

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