China and African Energy Resources
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Warsaw School of Economics, Department of Political Studies, Warsaw
Publication date: 2014-03-31
JoMS 2014;20(1):287-312
Numerous African natural resources have been attracting attention of many developed and developing countries, including the People’s Republic of China (China). Unprecedented economic development of recent decades and insufficient domestic supply of energy resources have forced the government in Beijing to foster the policy of securing foreign supplies. Africa has since become an important receiver of Chinese investments in extracting sector despite its apparent political, economic, and social risks. Chinese financial engagement has been crucial to the development of its African partners, though a  wave of criticism from Western contenders has initiated the discussion about unacceptable business incentives used by Beijing. Close links with Africa may challenge Beijing’s traditional diplomatic philosophy and lead to redefining its role in international relations.
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