Although China denies that it harbors ambitions to become a superpower, its leadership has made clear its intention that the country be a major player in the global arena. Against this backdrop, Ian Taylor explores the nature and implications of China's burgeoning role in Africa. Taylor argues that Beijing is using Africa not only as a source of needed raw materials and potential new markets, but also to bolster its own position on the international stage. After tracing the history of Sino-African relations, he addresses key current issues: What will be the long-term consequences, for example, of China's successes in securing access to the continent's oil? How will cheap Chinese imports affect Africa's manufacturing base? What has been the impact of China's arms sales to Africa? Based on extensive field research in both China and across Africa, ""China's New Role in Africa"" is a major contribution to illuminating a little-known, but increasingly important, relationship. It explores the nature and implications of China's burgeoning role in Africa.
Ian Taylor is lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews. His recent publications include Africa in International Politics: External Involvement on the Continent After the Cold War and Stuck in Middle Gear: South Africa's Post-Apartheid Foreign Relations.