Author: Li Anshan.
Anshan, Li. 2007. "China and Africa: Policy and Challenges." China Security 3 (3): 73.
Fifteen years ago, in an article entitled “China and Africa,” Gerald Segal pre- dicted that China, as a rising global power, would be more important to Africa than vice versa – he even surmised that Africa would be the region of least impor- tance to China’s foreign policy.1 A look at current Sino-African relations clearly refutes Segal’s prophesies. In fact, Africa is very important to China. In January 2006, China’s African Policy, the white paper promulgated by the Chinese govern- ment was the first of its kind in China’s diplomatic history with Africa. This document embodies a comprehensive and long-term plan for enhanced coopera- tion in Sino-Africa relations, and it marks a milestone in the progress that China and Africa have made together.