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Publication details for Professor Marcus Power

Power, M. & Mohan, G. (2016). Towards a Critical Geopolitics of China’s Engagement with African Development. In Readings in the International Relations of Africa. Young, T. Indiana University Press. 322-337.

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China’s growth has required a concerted economic internationalisation and with it changing foreign policy discourses, that bring China closer binationally and multilaterally to other countries. As a result the orientation of China’s vision of ‘development’ both nationally and internationally is shifting. Although still premised on long-standing claims of ‘peaceful’ and ‘harmonious’ co-operation part of China’s recent internationalisation is the extension of a ‘new’, ‘pragmatic’ vision of development. This ‘new’ vision of interaction around development co-operation is growthoriented and market-based leading some observers to characterise it as ‘market extremism’, even a form of neoliberalism, though one with ‘Chinese characteristics’ in recognition...