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China-Africa Cooperation-An outstanding relationship Built on Mutual Respect and Common Benefits: A Review

Author Affiliations

  • 1 School of Environmental Studies, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, CHINA
  • 2 School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and National, International Cooperation Base on Environment and Energy, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, P.R. CHINA
  • 3 Department of Chemistry, University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, SIERRA LEONE

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (9), Pages 26-32, September,14 (2013)


China-Africa relations date as far back as the sixteenth century and is characterized as mutual socio-cultural and economic partnerships. Closer cooperation in recent times is forged with the objectives of protecting common interest and promoting economic development between the two. With the emergence of China as a global super power, it views Africa as a strategic partner in the race for natural resources and a ground for newer markets. China engages the continent on a broad range of diplomatic, trade and economic forums with the aim of strengthening fraternal ties and gaining an upper hand in the acquisition of the continent’s natural resources. These strides have been very fruitful with results showing a gradual advantage of China over its Western competitors for economic interests on the continent. Nonetheless, China has been criticized for its robust diplomatic and trade maneuvers especially with rogue states and despotic African leaders at the somber plight of the poor citizens. Poor labor conditions and appalling environmental records are also highlights of China’s shortcomings. Thus, there is need for the country to fine tune its strategic socio-political and economic cooperation with the aim of fostering political stability and reducing poverty on the continent. Chinese investments should also adopt best codes of practices that aim at minimizing conflicts and guaranteeing conducive investment environments.


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