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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)
Thesaurusschlagwörter 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
Klassifikation internationale Beziehungen, Entwicklungspolitik; Wirtschaftssoziologie; Migration
Methode deskriptive Studie; empirisch; empirisch-qualitativ
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2014
Seitenangabe S. 71-101
Zeitschriftentitel Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43 (2014) 1
Heftthema Understanding Chinese-African Interactions in Africa
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Keine Bearbeitung
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