Chinese Intervention in Africa: Anti-imperialist partner or global hegemon?

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This research paper investigates the growing relationship between Africa and China. Although some of the West’s fears about the possibility of a Chinese imperialistic presence in Africa are well founded, many of them are influenced by Western paranoia and economic interests. This study reviews and analyzes current research on China’s Africa strategy to determine whether or not China’s presence in Africa constitutes a new kind of imperialism. China’s strategy in Africa is defined by their unconditional aid policy and policy of noninterference in the affairs of sovereign nations. Although their different political values are appealing to authoritarian states struggling with extreme poverty, they also strain diplomatic relations with Western powers who want to impose governance standards on African countries. Although Chinese investment in Africa has had powerful benefits for many African nations, many of China’s policies are solely motivated by self-interest and have an adverse impact on Africa. This project contributes to the creation of a China strategy in Africa. Furthermore, it contributes to America’s struggle to understand the historical context that has shaped Chinese political values.

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