PBRC Distinguished Speaker Series: Chinese Investment in Africa and its Impact on Inclusive Development for Human Dignity by Michael Lofchie, PhD

Date: 11.15.2012

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Pauling Hall 216

Michael LofchieTrade between China and Africa has grown exponentially in the past two decades. In 2009, China surpassed the United States as Africa's most important trading partner. Two-way trade between China and Africa in 2011 was $160 billion; in 2001, it was just $10.6 billion and in 1991, only about $1 billion. Although this trade is widely viewed as a major source of economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, troubling questions arise. The pattern of China's trade with Africa bears striking and disturbing similarities to the pattern of trade that existed between Africa and the European colonial powers during the colonial era: Africa exports primary products to China, including energy and agricultural commodities and imports manufactured goods in return. Some African leaders and intellectuals have begun to question whether the pattern of trade between the two regions represents a  Chinese form of economic colonialism.

Dr. Michael Lofchie, PhD, UCLA Professor of Comparative Politics and African Studies

Presented by the Pacific Basic Research Center (PBRC) at Soka University.   


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