China in Africa

15:30 - 18:30
Professor Chris Alden, Dr Kweku Ampiah, Dr Garth Le Pere, Dr Joshua Otieno Ogweno, Dr Chris Paterson, Dr Zheng Yixiao
Room LG.06, Liberty Building (University of Leeds), Belle Vue Rd, Leeds LS2 9JT
Who can attend:
Open to all. University staff, students, alumni, and external guests welcome.
A train crossing the Tazara bridge in Africa
The Tazara bridge in Africa

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With growth in China-Africa trade averaging 20% annually over the last two decades and China set to become Africa’s largest source of FDI within the next 10 years, China is already Africa’s largest economic partner.

China’s increasing involvement in Africa’s infrastructure development, the activities of Chinese enterprises in Africa’s construction, manufacturing, agricultural and service sectors, and the increasing visibility of Chinese entrepreneurs across Africa has been widely reported in the world’s media in recent years.

However, while there has been much debate on both China’s motivations for being so active in Africa and on the possible benefits of partnership to African countries, it remains challenging to understand the full extent of (and potential for) the China-Africa economic relationship and, moreover, how security considerations will impact upon the growing economic and social links that China has developed with African states.

This seminar, featuring presenters from South Africa and Kenya, along with renowned UK based authors and academics, will consider China’s activities in Africa from a variety of perspectives including industrialisation, agricultural development, security and international relations.

The event is organised by the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds (BCI). Complete the registration form on the BCI website.

Event format

3:30pmWelcome remarks (Dr Giles Blackburne)
3:35pmPresentations (Dr Zheng Yixiao and Dr Garth Le Pere)
4:45pmPresentations (Professor Chris Alden, Dr Joshua Ogweno, and Dr Chris Paterson)
5:50pmDiscussion Panel and Q&A (Chaired by Dr Kweku Ampiah)
6:30pmEvent close

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About the speaker

  • Professor Chris Alden, London School of Economics
  • Dr Kweku Ampiah, East Asian Studies, University of Leeds
  • Dr Garth Le Pere, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Joshua Otieno Ogweno, Director of the Confucius Institute at Egerton University, Kenya
  • Dr Chris Paterson, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds
  • Dr Zheng Yixiao, London School of Economics

Read more about the speakers in this Confucius Institute blog post.

Presentation times and topics

3:35pm – Dr Zheng Yixiao
China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Africa dimension

4:00pm – Dr Garth Le Pere
China’s changing industrial strategy: implications for Africa

4:45pm – Professor Chris Alden
China and African security: the road to engagement and beyond

5:15pm – Dr Joshua Ogweno
Case study of China’s role in Africa’s agricultural development: The Confucius Institute at Egerton University, Kenya

5:40pm – Dr Chris Paterson
China, Africa, and Media: features of a tense relationship













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