China’s Economic Engagement in Africa

A Case Study of Angola

by Sezgi Cemiloğlu (Author)
©2016 Thesis 217 Pages


This book analyzes the growing influence of China in Angola. The author answers the question how and in what extent China has gained influence over the economic development of Angola since the end of the civil war in 2002. She presents the economic facilities of China in Angola from trade and investment to business transactions in the context of Andrew Moravcsik’s Commercial Liberalism Theory. To measure the extension of China’s economic influence through its way of investment (Angola-Mode) and a «no strings attached»-policy, not only the economic interdependent relations between China and Angola have become the focus of this far-reaching book. The author also discusses a process of gradual change of the relations of two rival powers – China and the USA – with Angola.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author(s)/editor(s)
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Figures
  • List of Maps
  • List of Tables
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Deutsche Zusammenfassung
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • 1.1 The Background of the Relations Between China and Africa
  • 1.1.1 China’s Foreign Policy Instruments in Africa
  • Diplomatic Engagement
  • Exchange and Cultural Programs
  • Engagement in Media and Commercials
  • Foreign Aid in Chinese Characteristics
  • 1.2 China in Angola
  • 1.2.1 Historical Background of the Relations between China and Angola
  • 1.2.2 Angola’s Importance for China
  • 1.2.3 China’s Importance for Angola
  • 1.3 Literature Review
  • 1.3.1 Negative Perspective: China as a Resource Grabber and a Neo-Colonialist Power
  • 1.3.2 Chinese Way of Aid and Its Effects on Development, Economic Growth in Africa
  • 1.4 Theoretical Framework and Methodological Approach
  • 1.4.1 Explanation of the Theory in the Scope of Economic Relations Between China and Angola
  • 1.4.2 Methodological Approach
  • 1.4.3 Purpose of the Study and Research Hypothesis
  • Chapter 2: Angola Mode as an Indicator of Economic Interdependence and a Facilitating Factor for Trade, Oil and Infrastructure Contracts
  • 2.1 Development of Angola Mode as an Indicator of Economic Interdependence
  • 2.2 Chinese Credits as a Key to Success in Obtaining Contracts in Three Sectors: Trade, Oil and Infrastructure
  • 2.2.1 Chinese Credits as Trade Facilitating Factors
  • 2.2.2 Chinese Credits as Facilitating Factors for China’s Access to Angolan Oil Blocks
  • 2.2.3 Chinese Credits as Facilitating Factors for Infrastructure Contracts
  • Construction of Roads, Bridges and Railways
  • Construction of Telecommunication Facilities
  • Urban Construction
  • Construction of Power Plants
  • Conclusion of the Chapter
  • Chapter 3: Business Cooperation Between China and Angola
  • 3.1 Cooperation in Oil and Diamond Sector
  • 3.2 Cooperation in the Automotive Sector
  • 3.3 Cooperation in Agricultural and Fishing Sector
  • Conclusion of the Chapter
  • Chapter 4: The Impacts of the Bilateral Economic Relations on Angola’s Preferences
  • 4.1 The Impacts on the Angolan Governing Party MPLA
  • 4.2 The Impacts on Angola’s Socio-Economic Development
  • 4.3 The Impacts on Angola’s Labor Market
  • 4.4 The Impacts on the Financial Institutions of Angola
  • 4.5 The Impacts on the Environment
  • 4.6 The Impacts on Sonangol’s Global Presence through the Joint Venture ‘China Sonangol International Holding Ltd. (CSIH)’
  • 4.7 The Impacts on the Traditional Economic Partners of Angola
  • Chapter 5: Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices
  • Appendix 1: China’s African Policy
  • Appendix 2: Chinese Footprints in Angola
  • Appendix 3: Map of Angola

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List of Figures

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List of Maps

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List of Tables

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List of Abbreviations


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2015 (December)
Power Shift Infrastructure Business Cooperation Economic Interdependence
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2015. XXIX, 217 pp., 15 coloured ill., 7 b/w ill.

Biographical notes

Sezgi Cemiloğlu (Author)

Sezgi Cemiloğlu completed her PhD at the Center for Global Studies (CGS), University of Bonn. She studied International Relations at Hacettepe University in Ankara and China Studies at National Cheng-chi University in Taipei.


Title: China’s Economic Engagement in Africa