The Sino-African Cooperation: A Taiwanese Viewpoint

Ching-Chung Lin, Hyacintha O. Faustino, Shih-Ju Chan

Abstract


The study is to examine the contemporary trends of the Taiwanese economic involvement in
Africa and includes both Taiwanese and Chinese policy toward Africa. Emerging countries
are standing side by side in so-called “South-South” cooperation, and are taking advantage of
the decreasing image of Western nations following the economic crisis. We are challenging
the biased opinion portrayed by the Western press, which is negative toward Asian
involvement in African states, and that states the investors (China and Taiwan) are only
gaining from their investments. The ambitions on the continent are far from innocent, and
nations, such as China are looking to fulfill their demands for natural resources. We intend to
emphasize on whether the Chinese presence in Africa is purely resource-based, or if this
cooperation is bearing fruit in the future development of African states. The originality of this
study lies in its focus on a triangular (China, Taiwan, and Africa) view point of economic
interactions and implications because it includes Taiwanese economic involvement in African
markets. We hope that these findings, based on sources other than controversial Western
articles enable the reader to obtain a better understanding of the current situation, and form
their own opinion.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/rae.v8i1.8400

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