China’s rise to global prominence, founded on its economic achievements and its growing role in Africa, has inspired debate across the continent.
This toolkit aims to provide African policymakers with the critical historical information and background needed to understand Chinese foreign policy towards Africa. As a people, the Chinese are acutely aware of history and the place of China within the broader trajectory of human events. This profound consciousness of the past continues to exercise influence over the policy choices made by officials in Beijing to this very day. Reflecting this is the deliberate evocation of history by China as it seeks to explain its foreign policy towards Africa.
Therefore, this toolkit includes a brief summary of the history of the People’s Republic of China and its subsequent search for international recognition abroad and a development approach at home that would, after 1978, put the country on the path to rapid growth and fundamental socio‐economic change. This is followed by a survey of Chinese foreign policy towards Africa into the modern era and supported by a summation of key data on trade and investment into Africa.