Workshop on “China, Africa and the European Union: an uneasy relationship?” 21-22 April 2010, Antwerp

Nowhere in the world is China’s rapid rise to power more evident than in Africa. From multi-billion dollar investments in oil and minerals to the influx of thousands of merchants, labourers and cheap consumer goods, China’s economic and political reach is redefining Africa’s traditional ties with the international community. Since 2007 the EC has therefore been working towards the establishment of a trilateral partnership between Europe, China and Africa on issues such as peace, stability and sustainable development in Africa.

Will the emerging relationship between China and Africa be that of a development partner or economic competitor? In order to understand Chinese involvement on the continent, we need to recognize the range of economic, diplomatic and security rationales behind Beijing’s Africa policy as well as the response of African elites to China’s entreaties.

China’s engagement in Africa has been relatively neglected in academic and development policy circles. In particular, the concrete ways in which different Chinese actors are operating in different parts of Africa, their political dynamics and implications for African development as well as Western views of this phenomenon, have yet to be explored in depth.

Read more information on this event, including the programme brochure.  This event is organized jointly by the Euro­China Centre, University of Antwerp Management School and the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp.

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