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China’s Economic Engagement in Africa

A Case Study of Angola

Sezgi Cemiloğlu

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.
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Chapter 1: Introduction


This chapter seeks to summarize the focal points of the research, beginning with background information regarding China-Africa relations. The essence of this dissertation is formulated by clarifying the main purpose of the study, research question, hypotheses and methodology. First, the purpose of the study and research questions will be noted. The explanation of the methodology’s framework will follow. Lastly, in order to provide a brief and informative basis for the chapters, the content of the thesis will be specified.

1.1 The Background of the Relations Between China and Africa

The common belief among Chinese scholars is that the connections between China and Africa may be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (608–907 AD). Chinese scholars draw attention to the discoveries of ancient Chinese porcelain pieces, stoneware and coins from the Tang Dynasty in modern Egypt, Kenya and Zanzibar.1 However, to this day there are no records that prove human interaction between the Chinese and African people during the Tang Dynasty. The sole Chinese traveler ‘Du Huan’ (杜环) during the Tang Dynasty wrote about his visit to a country named Mo-lin2 populated with black people with rough customs in his famous memoir ‘Notes on Travel’ (经行记).3 ← 1 | 2 →

As China’s agriculture, commerce and handicraft industry advanced during the Sung Dynasty, China took advantage of higher quality ocean ships and utilized its own invention of the compass for maritime navigation. According to scholar Jinyuan Gao (高晋元集), threats from China’s Northern, hostile neighbors forced the Sung...

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