Uncovering African Agency: Angola's Management of China's Credit Lines
Lucy Corkin, Author; Former Projects Director, Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Discussant: Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University
Chair: Elisabete Azevedo-Harman, Research Associate, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Some African countries have been able to use China's involvement in the region to grow their economies and solicit renewed interest from previously disengaged foreign powers by using their relationship with China to bolster political capital. Lucy Corkin, author of Uncovering African Agency: Angola's Management of China's Credit Lines (Ashgate), argues that a wide range of different countries have demonstrated very different capabilities and experiences of engaging with China, and that Angola has been amongst the most successful in this. By examining China's involvement in Angola, Lucy Corkin will assess how different African states exploit this relationship to their advantage.