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China in Africa: the rise of hegemonic power in the capitalist world-system?

Adams, Mohammed Sanus
China’s rise as a dominant player in the capitalist world-economy is probably the most significant development of the 21st century so far. After a wave of reforms spanning more than a period of two decades, China is now the second largest economy in the world, behind the United States. Its economic renaissance has formed the basis of its new engagement with the rest of the world. Its resurgence in East Asia and beyond has positioned the East Asian nation as the heir apparent to the declining United States hegemony in the world-system. Its burgeoning engagement with Africa has elicited concerns that China is using, as Western states (the Dutch, British and the United States in particular) have done in the past, Africa in order to promote its hegemonic aspirations in the world-system. The thesis explores Africa’s role in hegemony making in the world-system since its inception in the v sixteenth century and the specific role of Africa in China’s potential rise to hegemony in the twenty-first century.