Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Africa and China / Jonathan Stevenson

Survival, Vol. 51, No. 2,. April-May 2009, pp. 214-216

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Africa and China, Kweku Ampiah and Sanusha Naidu, eds. Scottsville, South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2008. £28.50. 357 pp.

... Kweku Ampiah and Sanusha Naidu's volume provides qualified validation for these assertions in a series of thoroughgoing case studies on China's relations with nine African countries. While Adam Habib does see a geopolitical scramble between the United States and China tentatively taking shape, he and others also note that balancing on Europe and Japan's part and a gathering pan-African determination to pursue enlightened self-interest and enhanced strategic status through increasingly multilateral channels could well stave off such a contest. Together these volumes provide ample analysis for readers to draw their own informed conclusions.

Jonathan Stevenson

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