Looking East: Contemporary Dynamics in China’s Southern African Relations

Issue 57 – November 2010

The China Monitor for November 2010 focuses on the recent histories and contemporary dynamics of China’s relationship with Zimbabwe and Angola, two states that have emerged as important destinations for Chinese investments in Southern Africa.

In the Policy Watch, Ms. Heather Chingono, associated with the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University, Shanghai, considers the reasons for Zimbabwe’s closer ties with China, shaped by the former’s Look East Policy. She assesses the impacts of this policy and of Chinese investments on the Zimbabwean economy.

For the Commentary piece, Mr. Phillippe Asanzi, candidate in the African Doctoral Academy at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, discusses the underpinnings and repercussions of Chinese economic involvement with Angola, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest oil producer. He traces both positive and negative effects, and suggests that one of the adverse consequences of China’s involvement could be that deeply laid structures of neopatrimonialism in Angola can become even further entrenched.

The Monitor subsequently tracks China’s local and international business news as well as China’s interaction with Africa over the past month.

Access Issue 57 of the China Monitor here.