Sino-African Relations: A Review and Reconciliation of Dominant Schools of Thought

Politics & Policy, 44(2), pp. 351-383 (April, 2016).

26 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2015 Last revised: 18 Apr 2016

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Date Written: December 9, 2014

Abstract

We review about 100 papers on Sino-African relations published during the past 5 years for the most part, in order to put some structure on the existing strands. The literature is classified into dominant schools of thought, namely the: neocolonial or pessimistic; balance-development or optimistic and accommodation schools. After the classification, we reconcile the schools of thought in light of dominant themes and debates on development models, inter alia: (1) pessimists versus (vs) optimists; (2) preferences of rights in development models (economic vs political, national vs human & sovereign vs idiosyncratic); (3) the Washington Consensus vs the Beijing Model and; (4) an African Consensus in both the Washington Consensus and Beijing Model. Both the first and second schools have core values articulated by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

Keywords: Economic relations; China; Africa

JEL Classification: F19; F21; O10; O19; O55

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice, Sino-African Relations: A Review and Reconciliation of Dominant Schools of Thought (December 9, 2014). Politics & Policy, 44(2), pp. 351-383 (April, 2016). . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2586640 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2586640

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

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