Public and elite views on Europe vs. China in Africa

Show simple item record Fioramonti, Lorenzo Kimunguyi, Patrick 2012-05-29T12:31:52Z 2013-09-30T00:20:03Z 2011-03
dc.description This research is part of the international project ‘External Perception of the EU’, sub-project ‘The Visibility of the European Union as a Development Actor in South and East Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific’ (2006-ongoing), coordinated by the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. en_US
dc.description.abstract Europe has been the privileged economic and political partner of Africa, but more recently China has increased its foothold in Africa through important financial investments and trade agreements. Against this backdrop, our empirical research conducted in 2007-2008 in Kenya and South Africa as part of a pioneering international project investigates the perceptions of public opinion, political leaders, civil society activists and media operators. While confirming their continent’s traditional proximity to Europe, African citizens are increasingly interested in China and its impact on Africa’s development. While African civil society leaders and media operators describe China as an opportunity for Africa to break free from its historical dependence on European markets, other opinion leaders warn against too much enthusiasm with the Asian giant. On the one hand, Europe is increasingly criticized for not having been able to dismiss the traditionally ‘patronizing’ attitude towards Africa. On the other hand, China is expected to bring a breath of fresh air into the African context, although there is still suspicion that the Chinese strategy might, in the long run, turn into a new form of economic patronage. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Fioramonti, L & Kimunguyi, P 2011, 'Public and elite views on Europe vs. China in Africa', International Spectator, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 69-82. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0393-2729 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1751-9721 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/03932729.2011.549755
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.rights © 2011 Istituto Affari Internazionali. This is an electronic version of an article published in International Spectator, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 69-82, 2012. International Spectator is available online at: en_US
dc.subject European Union (EU) en_US
dc.subject China en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject Perceptions en_US
dc.subject Trade en_US
dc.subject Colonialism en_US
dc.title Public and elite views on Europe vs. China in Africa en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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