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Sino-African Strategic Partnership and Stratagem of Foreign Aid: Implications for the West


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Page : 65-95

Keywords : Foreign Policy; China; Africa; Strategic Partnership; Dependency Theory; Marxism; Economic Interdependence; Foreign aid.;

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China's ascending role and its comprehensive involvement in the African region is of great concern for many Western commentators. Among the Third World states, China stands out to be victorious aer surpassing obstacles. It has emerged as a developing state with enormous economic stability. China's relaon with Africa is of a strategic nature which works to reduce intolerable issues, extend economic benefits, and deal with Africa as an equal trading partner. Both China and Africa shared the common historical legacy of imperialism and believed that foreign aid is a new technique designed for exploitaon. As a result, Africa is leaning more towards China than it was ever before. China's growing economic influence in different regions like Africa is emerging as an interesng area of foreign policy debate among the western polical scholars mostly viewing China's strategic relaons as a major concern for the western interests in semi‐ peripheral and peripheral regions. This paper is an aempt at understanding the dynamics of Sino‐African emerging strategic partnership. This research also tries to view the Chinese percepon of foreign aid as an instrument of trade and investment in the African region as a part of its strategic stratagem to enlarge Chinese influence, which is significantly different from the western stand view of aid and assistance to the developing and underdeveloped states. This arcle establishes a framework to understand the phenomenon of Chinese foreign aid to the African region as one of the substanal policy measures to enhance interdependence and economic es rather than just increasing economic dependence for the recipient Africa.

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