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Understanding Africa-China Relations in a Global Perspective

October 4, 2018 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Emory University PAIS 290 (Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies)
Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
36 Eagle Row #290, Atlanta, GA 30322
Understanding Africa-China Relations in a Global Perspective @ Emory University PAIS 290 (Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies) | Atlanta | Georgia | United States
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Lecture by Howard French

When China began to re-engage with Africa beginning in the mid- 1990s, its focus on economic opportunity on the continent took many outside observers, and indeed most Western countries by surprise. This talk will explain how China’s push to engage Africa flowed from a careful analysis of China’s own strategic needs as it sought to transition from being a center of elementary manufacturing to becoming a global economic power of the first rank. Unlike the United States, which traditionally sees Africa almost entirely as a zone of security risks and humanitarian crises, China paid due attention to the continent’s rapidly changing demographics, to its urbanization, to the emergence for the first time of numerically important African middle classes, and to the continent’s immense need for new infrastructure. The United States and the West generally can learn much from China’s advances in Africa, but in order to do so, they will first need to revise many of their traditional assumptions about the continent’s place in the international system.

Organized by the Institute of African Studies, with support from the Hightower Fund, East Asian Studies Program, Institute for Developing Nations, Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives, and Carter Center China Program.
Image by Paul Wanjau, used under a Creative Commons license.

Howard French

A longtime foreign correspondent and journalism professor at Columbia University, Howard French is the author of five widely discussed books, including A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa (Knopf, 2004), China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa (Knopf, 2014), and most recently, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power (Knopf, 2017).

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