China in Ethiopia: diplomacy and economics of Sino-optimism

This article examines the motive behind China’s increased activities in Ethiopia in recent years and concludes that it lies in Ethiopia’s perceived diplomatic usefulness. If China’s relations with many African countries could be described as one of ‘infrastructure for natural resources’, the Sino-Ethiopian relationship can be described ‘infrastructure for diplomatic support’. After exploring the nature and scope of Ethiopia’s relations with China and highlighting areas of divergence of interest, the article demonstrates how the convergence of interests between the two countries has ushered in a period of Sino-optimism among Ethiopia’s elite and rising expectations among ordinary Ethiopians. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]

Title: China in Ethiopia: diplomacy and economics of Sino-optimism
Author: Adem, Seifudein
Year: 2012
Periodical: African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume: 55
Issue: 1
Pages: 143-160
Language: English
Geographic terms: Ethiopia
China
External links: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v055/55.1.adem.pdf
https://doi.org/10.1353/arw.2012.0008
Abstract: This article examines the motive behind China’s increased activities in Ethiopia in recent years and concludes that it lies in Ethiopia’s perceived diplomatic usefulness. If China’s relations with many African countries could be described as one of ‘infrastructure for natural resources’, the Sino-Ethiopian relationship can be described ‘infrastructure for diplomatic support’. After exploring the nature and scope of Ethiopia’s relations with China and highlighting areas of divergence of interest, the article demonstrates how the convergence of interests between the two countries has ushered in a period of Sino-optimism among Ethiopia’s elite and rising expectations among ordinary Ethiopians. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]