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4 May 2009

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Africa and China, edited by Kweku Ampiah and Sanusha Naidu, (University of Kwazulu-Natal Press, R220)

As the title states, this book looks at the relationship between Africa and China. It is most interesting traversing Africa while doing various case studies on this subject.

As opposed to the aforementioned book by David Smith [The Dragon and the Elephant: China, India and the New World Order, Profile Books], this anthology is edited by two academics and the contributions are scholarly to say the least.

My point is not meant as criticism in any way — how could it be with contributors of the likes of Adam Habib, Adekeye Adebajo, Garth le Pere and Lucy Corkin?

The first part focuses on context. Part two does various case studies on countries such as Sudan, the DRC, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Gabon and South Africa. Part three looks at comparative great power rivalries with a final conclusion.

The Centre for Conflict Resolution is to be lauded for the fact that it identified a need in the market and ensuring an excellent end product.

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