Charting the Roots of Anti-Chinese Populism in Africa by Steve Hess, Richard Aidoo

By Steve Hess, Richard Aidoo

This publication investigates China’s emergence as an outdoor participant in SSA during the last numerous a long time and the present knowing of the influence of Beijing’s transforming into presence at the continent, together with numerous case stories considering particular SSA nations. China’s accelerating fiscal and political engagement with sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has received turning out to be awareness in political and educational circles as a subject of either compliment and derision. China has develop into the normal bearer of emerging powers rising from the constructing international, and has began to make inroads in its attempt to safe strategic typical assets in a quarter characteristically ruled by means of the established order powers of the West. courses bearing on Sino-African family have elevated speedily over the past decade. rather than asking even if China’s position in SSA is a favorable for the continent’s political, monetary and social improvement, this booklet specializes in usually neglected African publics and the way they understand China’s engagement. in addition, rather than developing a uniform “China meets Africa” narrative, this paintings examines China’s presence in sub-Saharan Africa on a country-by-country foundation, accounting for the depth of chinese language engagement, the country’s family political associations, and how within which political marketers inside those platforms decide to make the most of chinese language involvement as an software of political mobilization. it will likely be of curiosity to students and policy-makers interested by Africa and China's improvement and diplomacy. ​

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Consequently, tapping into anti-China sentiments might yield some short-term political gains but would create serious post-election challenges once the party is in power. Thus, these open political environments enable the airing of anti-China grievances in the public square but such sentiments are not generally politicized by leading politicians and opinion leaders. Meanwhile, in the not-free regimes ruling Ethiopia and Angola, anti-Chinese concerns have been conspicuously absent in both political rhetoric and the public square.

Because China has emerged as a critical alternative of assistance, trade and investment, such leaders cannot afford to risk damaging relations and thus compromising their ability to promote economic growth and job creation once in power. Consequently, tapping into anti-China sentiments might yield some short-term political gains but would create serious post-election challenges once the party is in power. Thus, these open political environments enable the airing of anti-China grievances in the public square but such sentiments are not generally politicized by leading politicians and opinion leaders.

54 As reflected in much literature on contentious politics, particular types of regimes tend to experience specific repertories of political contention. As suggested by 51 Hamish Goldie-Scot, “Construction Sector Corruption in Ethiopia,” in eds. Janelle Plummer, Diagnosing Corruption in Ethiopia (Washington: The World Bank, 2012): 249–251. com/article/2012/09/18/us-africachina-pushback-idUSBRE88H0CR20120918 (accessed 1/11/2015). 53 Charles Tilly and Sidney Tarrow, Contentious Politics (Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers, 2007): 48–49.

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