China's Aid and Soft Power in Africa

China's Aid and Soft Power in Africa

The Case of Education and Training

Kenneth King


James Currey



China's increasing role as an education donor in Africa, and the significance of this both economically and politically.
Why does China run one of the world's largest short-term training programmes, with plans to bring 30,000 Africans to China between 2013 and 2015?

Why does it give generous support to 31 Confucius Institutes teaching Mandarin and Chinese culture at many of Africa's top universities from the Cape to Cairo?

Why is China one of the very few countries to increase the number of full scholarships for Africans to study in its universities, a total of 18,000 anticipated between 2013 and 2015?

China claims to have been involved for 60 years in South-South cooperation of mutual benefit to China and Africa. While its dramatic economic and trade impact, particularly on Africa, has caught global attention, little focus has yet been given to its role as an education donor - and especially to the critical role of China's support for training and human resource development for Africans in China, and within Africa itself. It is vital that we understand what is going on, and why education is so important in China-Africa relations. Here is hard evidence from Ethiopia, South Africa and Kenya of the dramatic growth of China's soft power and increasing impact in capacity-building, and of the implications of this for Africa, China and the world.

Kenneth King is Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh, where he was Director of the Centre of African Studies for 20 years. Since 2007, he has been international advisor for China's largest Institute of African Studies.

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May 2013
256 pages
21.6x14 cm
African Issues
ISBN: 9781847010650
Format: Paperback
James Currey
BISAC POL011000, POL016000, BUS069020
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Table of Contents

China & Africa: Origins, documents & discourses in relation to human resource development
China's higher education partnerships with Africa: Modalities for mutual cooperation?
African students in China: Changing characteristics, contexts & challenges
Chinese enterprise & training in Africa: A theatre for win-win cooperation?
China & traditional donors: Convergence or divergence?
China's soft power in Africa: Past, present & future
Conclusion - Appendix


An invaluable survey [and] an essential text. FRONTIERS IN EDUCATION IN CHINA

A useful text which will be helpful to students and policy-makers interested in the emerging role of countries such as China in global politics and development. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Professor King is an acknowledged expert in the field of international education, with a vast experience in pioneering research throughout the globe. His latest book offers a unique and valuable insight into the dynamics of Chinese aid for education in Africa. RT HON GORDON BROWN MP, UN Special Envoy for Global Education

Professor King's superbly reported and careful balanced analysis examines whether the Chinese really do (as the ancient sage Lao Tzu put it) "teach a man to fish rather than giving him a fish". DEBORAH BRAUTIGAM, author of The Dragon's Gift: the Real Story of China in Africa

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