Africa in China's Belt and Road Initiative: Realizing Chinese-African dreams for common development?

Kwun Sun (Raymond) Lau

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Abstract

Since its launch in 2013, One Belt, One Road (OBOR) has become synonymous with Chineseforeign policy under President Xi Jinping. While China has seen its relations with Africainstitutionalized in the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) since 2000, little attentionhas been paid to exploring the role of African countries in China's Belt and Road Initiative. Thischapter seeks to understand Africa-China relations, in particular China's strong interest to insertAfrica into the Belt and Road projects. While acknowledging China's official rhetoric on sharingthe benefits of the country's economic growth globally, the chapter argues that Africa'sinclusion in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—President Xi Jinping's signature foreign policy—demonstrates China's self-confidence and belief that it can Offer a Chinese model of economicdevelopment—socialism with Chinese characteristics—as an alternative to Western model fordeveloping countries in Africa to learn from.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2019
EventPhilippine International Studies Organization International Conference 2019, PHISO2019: Diplomacy, Dialogue, and Discourse: Praxes Turn in IR - Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 8 Nov 201910 Nov 2019
https://phiso.org/activities/international-conferences/2019-conference-2/ (Conference website)

Conference

ConferencePhilippine International Studies Organization International Conference 2019, PHISO2019
Country/TerritoryPhilippines
CityCebu City
Period8/11/1910/11/19
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