African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 403

Full Length Research Paper

Neo-colonialism or De-colonialism? China’s economic engagement in Africa and the implications for world order

Jian Junbo
  • Jian Junbo
  • Institution: Center for China-European Relations, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University, China
  • Google Scholar
Donata Frasheri
  • Donata Frasheri
  • School of Law, Fudan University, China.
  • Google Scholar

  •  Received: 13 March 2014
  •  Accepted: 16 August 2014
  •  Published: 31 October 2014


In recent two decades, China's economic involvement in Africa was accused of colonialist actions by many Western observers. However, most of these accusations have no basis. In this article, after comprehensively exploring China’s trading and investing relations with Africa based on data and case studies, it argues that China’s engagement in Africa in recent decades has nothing to do with neocolonialism. On the contrary, China’s engagement not simply facilitates Africa’s independency from the West and also promotes a fledging new world order in Africa based on win-win and equal sovereignty. Due to the emergence of new order, the South-South cooperation is increasingly expectable.

Key words: China in Africa, De-colonialism, African independence, the West, New World Order.