🚨It's out! My new report examines where Africa fits into China's strategic thinking.
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The existing scholarship dedicated to China's role and presence on the African continent is vast, focusing on China's economic footprint (trade, investment, development aid) and security engagement with the continent.
So why another report?
Absent from the current literature is the question of whether and how the African continent fits into China's grand strategy and world vision, as seen from the perspective of Chinese strategists
In the past several years, I have been studying Beijing's emerging global vision, from #BeltandRoad, to the vision of a new world order led by China.
The developing world is of particular importance to Beijing, and there are reasons to expect that Africa is too
China's actual Africa strategy remains unknown, but the careful analysis of Chinese documents gives plausible indications about some important elements of this strategy
1) Beyond economic engagement, Chinese strategists envisage the continent as an essential piece in an escalating geostrategic contest for global influence between China and the "US-led West."
2) China's "new great game" seeks to outflank the US by mobilizing African endorsement of China's distinctive institutions and governing ideology
3) Beijing's emerging strategy aims at making the continent fit into a new subsystem that China aspires to dominate. To that end, Beijing aims to persuade African countries to adopt aspects of its political and economic system.
So yes, export model is the name of the game
Anyways, everything is in the report! You can download it here:
nbr.org/publication/a-…

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S.Leys once wrote that untwisting the CCP's most mendacious propaganda could yield straight facts. In my latest report, I dissect the strands of thought underpinning China's vision for a new world order and study its emerging features nbr.org/publication/ch…
A "vision" is by definition abstract, not fully formed and subject to change. In China's case, this vision is also buried under layers of propaganda. But if we pay close attention, some key elements are discernible.
1/ The Chinese leadership believes that the existing order is "unfair" (it should allow China to have a greater role, commensurate with its growing power) and is incapable of offering "reasonable" solutions to the global needs.
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