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China and India, "rising powers" and African development: challenges and opportunities
The Nordic Africa Institute, African International Links.
2014 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this report, the challenges and opportunities arising from the growing ties between two key “Rising Powers,” China and India, and Africa are more fully explored. This trend has given rise to speculative, exaggerated and ideological responses and a mixture of anxiety and hope. What is needed is an interdisciplinary political economy study to investigate the ways in which global, regional and national linkages in the relationship impact on the prospects of sustainable development in Africa. The necessity for this is underscored by the growing influence of the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in reshaping the world.In this frame, the focus is on the nature of the shift in China’s and India’s strategic vision of Africa in terms of politics, ideology and economic development. This shift impinges on trade and investment and, in turn, the scope for inducing structural economic change in the context of colonial and postcolonial tensions. Comparative observation of countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, particularly Ethiopia in the former, illustrates their capacity to cope with the new powers. This is a critical aspect of the continent’s complex interplay with states and institutions within and beyond its borders. Ultimately, African nations have to individually and collectively confront the challenges and opportunities stemming from their evolving relationships with these Rising Powers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala, Sweden: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2014. , 34 p.
, Occasional paper
Keyword [en]
Africa, China, India, Globalization, Economic development, International trade, Investment, International economic relations, International relations, Development, Sustainable development, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Angola, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, Case studies
National Category
Economics Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1880ISBN: 978-91-7106-759-3OAI: diva2:768325
Available from: 2014-12-03 Created: 2014-12-03 Last updated: 2014-12-03Bibliographically approved

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