A Triangular Relationship
Leuven Global Governance series
Edited by Jan Wouters, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Matthieu Burnay
Chapter 15: China-DRC: a convergence of interests?
In recent years, some international relations’ theorists have highlighted the emergence of new actors in relations with African countries, mostly concerning emerging countries gathered within the BRICS Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). China holds a prominent position amongst these new actors. Numerous reports have been published by various international organizations and more research is being done. Most of them confirm that the rise of China is supplanting the traditional powers, mainly former colonial countries and the United States of America. After their independence, most African countries appeared as ‘subservient states’ within the global system. Besides bipolarization (that is alignment with liberal and communist blocs) produced by the Cold War, African leaders had to cope with interference coming essentially from ex-colonial powers eager to keep and control their respective areas of influence.
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