Author: Edward Friedman.
Friedman, Edward. 2009. "How Economic Superpower China Could Transform Africa." Journal of Chinese Political Science 14 1-20.
Against the conventional wisdom that Chinese involvement cannot transform Africa’s economy for the better so as to end much
of the poverty and also to spark high speed growth, this paper finds that China is already in the process of transforming
Africa. While the conventional wisdom sees corrupt regimes and weak state capacity in Africa frittering away Africa’s opportunity
to rise by plugging into Chinese dynamism, China is found in this paper already to be exporting entrepreneurial talent to
Africa and to be dynamizing the African economy through East Asian practices. Chinese can bring industry to Africa much as
Japan brought it to Southeast Asia in the 1960s and 1970s. Africa could therefore be incorporated into Asian economic dynamism.