Yesterday in class I read an article that described China’s relations with several African countries. Also in class we discussed the idea that “ones position depends on where they sit”. I thought that this article did a very good job at describing the various points of views that China and the several other African players have.

Mainly the article presented two ways to look at China’s economic relations with Africa. The fist that China is helping several African nations, like South Africa, and China is also helping promote the development of several countries. The article states that China has aided in several works projects. But on the other hand China many nations feel that China is doing to returning Africa to its colonized state of the early 20th century.

But the fact of the matter is that China seems to be promoting its own wealth and the wealth of others at the same time, what we see depends on where we sit. Say I’m inclined to look at this through a more liberal approach I would look at China’s actions as promoting relative gains through Africa. So what if China gains more x than its partner, the fact is both countries have gained more than they had before. But if more inclined to a realist perspective I’d say that china is in fact gaining more x and therefore is becoming more powerful not only in its relation to its partner but also to all other nations who are not part of this trade.

So what is the truth? As stated before it seems that China is doing both at the same time. A student in our class who lived in South Africa recently even stated that countries like South Africa have benefited tremendously from trade with China, but other like Zimbabwe have been left in the dust. It seems as if the world is watching to see if China will become the new African colonizer or if it actually help the troubled continent.  

~ by palps88 on February 10, 2007.

One Response to “Perceptions”

  1. […] Doing Well By Doing Good? Beffa’s International Relations Blog queries China’s motives in its economic relations with African countries. Perceptions […]

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