Sino-Cameroon relations: a foreign policy of pragmatism

Based on primary sources, including documents obtained from Cameroon’s Ministry of External Relations, oral interviews conducted in Cameroon, local newspapers, and a variety of secondary sources, this article examines Cameroon’s foreign policy and economic relations with China. It argues that Cameroon’s engagement with China has resulted in short-term benefits for consumers but undermined long-term, sustainable economic development. The article concludes that unless China genuinely pursues its promised policies of ‘mutual respect’ and ‘win-win gain’, voices of protest will only grow louder in Cameroon and other African nations. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]

Title: Sino-Cameroon relations: a foreign policy of pragmatism
Author: Amin, Julius A.
Year: 2015
Periodical: African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume: 58
Issue: 3
Pages: 171-189
Language: English
Geographic terms: Cameroon
China
External link: https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2015.72
Abstract: Based on primary sources, including documents obtained from Cameroon’s Ministry of External Relations, oral interviews conducted in Cameroon, local newspapers, and a variety of secondary sources, this article examines Cameroon’s foreign policy and economic relations with China. It argues that Cameroon’s engagement with China has resulted in short-term benefits for consumers but undermined long-term, sustainable economic development. The article concludes that unless China genuinely pursues its promised policies of ‘mutual respect’ and ‘win-win gain’, voices of protest will only grow louder in Cameroon and other African nations. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]