The Newsletter 57 Summer 2011

Engaging China on Africa's agriculture

Yongjun Zhao

While China’s involvement in Africa’s development has triggered tremendous ‘disturbances’ in the West’s policy towards Africa in recent years, it remains a puzzle what this will lead to in the global development landscape in general and the implications for sustainable development in Africa in particular. Yongjun Zhao argues that ongoing debates on China’s role have been informed by taken-for-granted rhetoric and simplistic representations of fact,1 which have failed to render well-informed, more critical or balanced perspectives on the policy and institutional processes of China’s engagement with Africa.

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