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The Chinese Presence in Burkina Faso : A Sino-African Cooperation from Below

Die chinesische Präsenz in Burkina Faso : eine chinesisch-afrikanische Kooperation von unten
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Khan Mohammad, Guive

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Abstract "Burkina Faso currently has no diplomatic relationship whatsoever with the People's Republic of China. Engaged in cooperation with Taiwan since 1994, it is one of only three African countries not a part of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. This unusual situation has produced a unique manifestation of the Chinese presence in Burkina Faso, where the estimated 600 Chinese migrants are primarily private entrepreneurs. This phenomenon of 'globalization from below' - or, this migration of entrepreneurs that transcends the absence of diplomatic relations - creates new intimate social relations between the Burkinabe and Chinese people who come into contact with each other. Far from simply turning Chinese and Burkinabe into economic competitors, these relations have also led to the emergence of many forms of interpersonal and business cooperation. In this paper, I therefore demonstrate how Sino-African cooperation from below has developed in Burkina Faso, which stands in radical contrast to the latter's cooperation with Taiwan, which takes place almost exclusively on a broader state-to-state level. The empirical evidence of this study is drawn from field survey interviews and observations of both Chinese and Burkinabe entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso between 2010 and 2011." (author's abstract)
Keywords Burkina Faso; China; international relations; economic cooperation; economic power; Taiwan; globalization; migrant; migration; entrepreneur; promotion of development; West Africa; French-speaking Africa; developing country; Far East; Africa South of the Sahara; Africa; Asia
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Sociology of Economics; Migration, Sociology of Migration
Method descriptive study; empirical; qualitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 71-101
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43 (2014) 1
Issue topic Understanding Chinese-African Interactions in Africa
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs