CHINA’S GEO-ECONOMIC INTEREST IN AFRICA: A SHORT OVERVIEW

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Jajati K. Pattnaik
Chandan K. Panda

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The article examines China’s geo-economic interest in Africa. China intends to exercise its leverage over both coastal frontiers for trade and defense and its hinterland for rich mineral, metal, and fossil deposits. Furthermore, the debt trap seems to be one of the methods through which China intended to bargain with Africa to bag as much advantage as it could gain. The question that emerges from this critical engagement with China-Africa relations is to look into how the reality of Africa’s narrative of development is projected both from outside and within and the contradiction embodied in that projection. China used the narrative of development to set its feet on African soil. This paper discusses China’s penetration into Africa by offering interest-free loans and its gradual emergence as a neocolonial power through expanding its network. The method used in the study to establish China’s monopoly and interfering streak in African affairs through BRI is the analysis of available data based on which the objectives and the conclusions are drawn.       

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Pattnaik, J. K. ., & Panda, C. K. . (2022). CHINA’S GEO-ECONOMIC INTEREST IN AFRICA: A SHORT OVERVIEW . Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 8(2), 223-239. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2282223p
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Jajati K. Pattnaik, Jawaharlal Nehru University - New Delhi, India

Dr. Jajati Pattnaik is an Associate Professor at the Centre for West Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is on the Editorial Board of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, a peer-reviewed journal published by Sage publications and Social Science Researcher. He has acted as Referee for nationally and internationally acclaimed journals, including Economic & Political Weekly and Strategic Analysis, published by Routledge, Taylor &Francis Group. He has been cited by many reputed journals, including Oxford University Press, Routledge, and Sage publications. Apart from his latest book on Saudi Arabia, he has published numerous articles in edited books, journals, magazines, weeklies, and dailies at the national and international levels. He has also presented many papers at national and international conferences and delivered lectures at several academic institutions. Dr.Pattnaik has been conferred an outstanding Teacher Award by the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh for his immense contribution to the development and growth of Higher Education in the concerned state. He has earlier acted as visiting scholar at the Gulf Studies Programme, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Dr.Pattnaik is a life member of the Indian Political Science Association, North-East India Political Science Association, and North-East India Council for Social Science Research. His area of interest includes Comparative Politics, International Relations & Foreign Policy with a special focus on West Asian/Gulf Studies, Transnational Connectivity & Border Studies(India’s Eastern Border Space).

Chandan K. Panda, Rajiv Gandhi University - Itanagar, India

Chandan Kumar Panda obtained his Ph.D degree from the EFL University, Hyderabad, India in the year 2015. He received the DAAD fellowship to pursue a short-term doctoral research for six months at Dresden University, Germany. He has presented research papers at the University of Texas, USA and Dresden University, Germany. His research papers have been published in the peer-reviewed (International) and UGC-CARE journals; and The Daily Guardian and The First Post have also publishedseveral of his articles as well. Currently he works as Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Rajiv Gandhi University (A Central University), Itanagar, India.