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
Date Written: December 9, 2014
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
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