AUTHOR: ANAS ELOCHUKWU
FROM UZU: JOURNAL OF HISTORY & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, VOL. III, NO. 1
PUBLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA
Since the Cold War ended in 1991, Africa-China relationship has been in the ascendant. Africans, believing that China can inspire and drive fresh hopes for their development, have been wittingly and unwittingly encouraging her deepenip.g presence on their continent. They particularly believe that a closer relationship with China can playa very big role in their efforts to scale down their dependence on their traditional aid givers and development partners such as the US and the former colonial powers, In short, what Africa expects from China are assurances that she can play the role of benefactor and protector which the US and other Western countries have been playing for their clients on the continent. This expectation, however, is being jeopardised by China’s inability to give Mugabe sufficient protection against his critics and help him recall his country from the politicoeconomic crisis that has dragged it to the brink of failed statehood. This paper looked at this debacle of unfulfilled expectation, concluding that it could undermine China’s image in China.
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Tags: Canopy Holes, China Africa Politics Crises-Implications., Mugabe China Close Relationship, Mugabe China Protective Canopy, Uzu Journal of History & International Studies VOL 3 N0. 1, Zimbabwe Crises, Zimbabwe Crises-IMF Involvement