Forum: African agency in the context of China-Africa relations

  • Lucy Corkin Rand Merchant Bank - Westport Sandton, South Africa


This short extract briefly draws together some of the research conclusions of my book Uncovering African Agency: Angola’s Management of China’s Credit Lines (Ashgate, 2014). After first providing an overarching context in terms of the importance of rhetoric as a lens through which China-Africa relations are viewed and interpreted, the extract touches on China’s approach to foreign relations with African countries and how this has specifically played out in terms of relations between China and Angola. Some key aspects of the Angola’s manifestation of “agency” within the parameters of this important diplomatic relationship are outlined.