The China-Africa Research Network cordially invites you to its inaugural lecture, to be delivered by Dr. Chris Alden of the London School of Economics:
'China in Africa - Partner, Competitor or Hegemon? '
5.30pm, Tuesday, 5 February
Seminar Rm. 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford
Reception and drinks to follow.
Chris Alden is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the LSE. He has researched and published on Asian-African relations for over fifteen years, and has previously taught at the University of Witwatersrand, the University of Tokyo, the Ecole Normale Superieure and the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Alden will speak on the topic of his recently published book, China in Africa, which has received much acclaim in both academic and policy circles. In his work, Alden investigates the emerging relationship between China and Africa to determine whether Beijing's multi-billion dollar investments, the influx of Chinese merchants, labourers, and cheap consumer goods will result in effective Sino-African partnership, competition, or the rise of China as the new global hegemon. Alden argues that in order to understand Chinese involvement on the continent, we need to recognize the range of economic, diplomatic and security rationales behind Beijing's Africa policy as well as the response of African elites and communities to China's entreaties. Only then can the new challenges and opportunities for Africa and the West be accurately assessed.
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