Speaker:ZHENG Yu is a Professor of International Politics at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University. He received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Prior to joining Fudan, he held the position of associate professor at the University of Connecticut, the US. His research interests include international development, international political economy, global governance, and China-Africa relations. He is the author of Governance and Foreign Investment in China, India, and Taiwan: Credibility, Flexibility, and International Business (University of Michigan Press). His publications have also appeared in journals such as Comparative Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, Socio-Economic Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Third World Quarterly.
Abstract: China’s economic activities in and interactions with Africa have increased rapidly since the beginning of the 21st century. The presentation will review the history of China-Africa economic relations and discuss how the historical legacy of aid-based relations in the Maoist era has currently transformed into a multifaceted relationship, involving not only capital and trade, but also knowledge sharing and policy learning. After this historical comparison, the presentation will further discuss the general patterns and consequences of China’s intensified economic presence in the African continent and its wide implications in contemporary international relations.