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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 4: The Impacts of the Bilateral Economic Relations on Angola’s Preferences


China’s engagement in Africa with the principle of non-interference in internal affairs of other countries and credits given in the scope of Angola Mode has changed the general understanding of many concepts inherited from Western countries. China emerged in Africa as a country that does not play a traditional and conventional role of foreign countries, ‘aid giver’, but rather acts as an economic partner. China has been praised by African scholars such as Dambisa Moyo for seeing African countries not as an ‘aid case’ but as an investment destination and an economic partner to diversify and advance their economies together.439

China’s influence in Angola surely is not limited with the mutations of the general understanding of a foreign country’s role in the African continent. China’s involvement in the Angolan economy resulted in widespread impacts on several areas, such as Angolan governing party, Angola’s socio-economic development, its labor market, its financial institutions, the environment, Sonangol’s global presence and the traditional economic partners of Angola.

4.1 The Impacts on the Angolan Governing Party MPLA

The Chinese Development Model, along with its way of engagement with Angola (through Angola Mode and no-strings attached principle) has been very much appealing for the Angolan government whose priorities are related more to the development of economy than improvements in human rights and democracy. China’s non-interference principle can also be regarded as the justification of the idea that trade and economic preferences are above the good governance concerns. Under...

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