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Europe and ChinaStrategic Partners or Rivals?$
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Roland Vogt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083879

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083879.001.0001

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China's Expanding Role in Africa and Implications for the EU

China's Expanding Role in Africa and Implications for the EU

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(p.139) Chapter 7 China's Expanding Role in Africa and Implications for the EU
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Europe and China
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Roland Vogt
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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083879.003.0008

China's growing presence in Africa has been a cause for concern in European capitals. While China's expansion into Africa is driven by its demand for resources, diplomatic considerations, and a strategy to open up new export markets, European policy-makers are concerned about the modes of development and governance Beijing favours and the regimes it supports in Africa. Europe and China pursue diverging concepts of development cooperation. A diverse group of Chinese actors - ranging from government, state-owned enterprises, to development banks and private companies - have established themselves firmly in Africa and have successfully cultivated ties with numerous African governments. Europe is alarmed that is value-driven ('software') policies have been undermined by China's pragmatic and practical policies focusing on 'hardware' infrastructure, investment, and resource extraction.

Keywords:   Africa, Aid, Development, Resources, Governance

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