China in Africa: The Case of Angola, Nigeria and Sudan

Tonje Gismervik Eide

Student thesis: Master thesis


China is entering into the African continent with a raging speed. The multiple investments, the political involvement and the building of infrastructure have during the last decade gained much attention from both the media and scholars. Most of these focus on the consequences of the Chinese entry into the Western domain of aid, whether or not China is a new imperialist power, or whether or not China will undermine the Western good governance principles in Africa. Not much has been said about how China has managed to gain such a rapid foothold into the individual countries. Therefore, in this thesis I will analyze how China has gone about securing access to resources and political influence on the continent. I will put forward three country cases in this multiple case study; Angola, Nigeria and Sudan. I will analyze China’s increasing presence in Africa through Carmody’s concept of flexigemony.

EducationsMSc in International Business and Politics, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2016
Number of pages82
SupervisorsLotte Thomsen