n African Renaissance - China and Saharan Africa economic relations : a neo-mercantilist perspective

Volume 16 Number Special Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305



China and Africa have had strong economic relations since the creation of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949 under the leadership of Chairman Mao Zedong. Sino-Africa economic relations grew in all dimensions from trade to investment/loans. From the beginning of the 21st century this relationship has proliferated exponentially. China's engagement in Africa has changed from ideologically driven engagement during the Cold War to economic interest-based engagement in the 21st century. This resulted in China becoming Africa's largest trading partner in 2009, and by most accounts Africa's most important all-round economic partner. However, there are increasing debates about whether this economic relationship is a win-win for both parties or a win-lose in favour of China. This article uses a neo-mercantilist perspective to examine Sino-Africa economic relations in regards to trade and investment (loans).

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