Accession Number:

ADA589900

Title:

China's Economic Statecraft in Africa: Implications for the U.S. Rebalance

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

Chinas trade with, foreign direct investment in, and development assistance to African countries have increased substantially over the last decade. This paper reviews the scope and context of Chinas economic statecraft in Africa to assess its intent and impact. Chinas engagement with Africa is a deliberate policy choice to secure its economic and political objectives. However, it also is consistent with the actions of rational actors in a free market. Chinas policies may undermine or discourage U.S. efforts to create better governance and improved standards of living in Africa, but these effects are incidental and not a deliberate Chinese goal. The United States should focus on its vital interests in Africa and adopt an accommodating posture towards China, facilitating its peaceful rise. As part of its overall strategic rebalancing, the United States should intensify efforts to increase Chinas participation in international economic institutions to maintain a global international economic system that facilitates U.S. economic strength.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Geography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE