Is Chinese Foreign Policy Targeting Sub-Saharan Africa?
Stoll, Richard J.
It is no secret that China's economy has been growing and developing at a rapid rate for many years. Energy is a critical element in this expansion and oil is an important source of energy. Many observers feel that to feed its need for energy, China has particularly targeted Sub-Saharan Africa. And to be sure, there have been a number of deals between Chinese oil companies with African governments. But has the drive for oil led China to focus its economic activity in Africa? In this paper I will look at the bilateral trade between China and other countries from 1990 through 2006. When looking at the overall picture, does it appear that China's trade is predicted by general factors or is it the case that China has particularly strong trading relationships with developing countries (particularly those in Africa) that have oil?