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The Impact of China's Global Expansion on Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America

DEV Key Contact: Rhys Jenkins
Project Dates: 2011 to 2013
Project Status: Open

Funder: Leverhulme Trust

The re-emergence of China as a global economic power has major implications for other developing countries.  The research compares and contrasts the impact of China on two regions, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Although in some respects their economic relations with China are quite similar, exchanging primary commodities for Chinese manufactures, perceptions of Chinese involvement in the two regions are rather different. Are these contrasting perceptions a reflection of differences in the extent and nature of China's impact on SSA and Latin America and if so, what lies behind these differences?

Underlying China's involvement in both Africa and Latin America has been its economic interests reflected in the rapid expansion of trade with the region and the surge of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) and aid (particularly in SSA). The research compares the extent and forms of China's economic involvement in the two regions. In analysing the impact of China on other developing countries direct and indirect effects and competitive and complementary effects are taken into account.

DEV Researchers: Rhys Jenkins