The China Model in Africa: A New Brand of Developmentalism

Catherine Boone and Dhawal Doshi

in Development Models in Muslim Contexts

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639687
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653171 | DOI:
The China Model in Africa: A New Brand of Developmentalism

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This chapter discusses how the China model guides China's economic and diplomatic relationship with Africa. It discusses whether there is any evidence that Africans themselves see deepening African-China ties in this light. This chapter develops arguments on the China model in Africa in four steps. First, it offers a sketch of the IFI model of external involvement in African political economies. Second, it provides a brief overview of the volume, composition, and geographic loci of Chinese trade and investment ties with Africa since the late 1990s. Third, it argues that Chinese involvement differs from the IFI model in three particular ways, and that these together constitute the distinctive China model in Africa. Fourth, it presents the results of an analysis of African views of Chinese-African ties, with particular attention to the question of whether the idea of a China model is discernable in everyday commentary on this issue. For this, the chapter conducted a content analysis of ten Nigerian, Kenyan, and South African dailies from 2006–07.

Keywords: China model; developmentalism; Africa; African-China ties; IFI model; African views

Chapter.  14314 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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