Africa, China and the ‘new’ economic geography of development

Mohan, Giles and Power, Marcus (2009). Africa, China and the ‘new’ economic geography of development. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 30(1) pp. 24–28.



The article discusses the economic geography of development in Africa and the role played by China in developments on the continent. The global economy, poverty, AIDS, fertilizers, road building, and international financial institutions are mentioned. Questions regarding the intentions of China are asked, including a need to fuel its burgeoning capitalist economy, as well as imperialist concerns. The oil industry in Africa is also discussed, including in the Gulf of Guinea. Migration of Chinese workers into various African countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Sudan, Angola, Mauritius and Zambia, is also dealt with.

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