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from 10:00 to 12:00
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Opening ceremony FOCAC
Opening ceremony FOCAC

China’s African policy: strategy and diplomatic tools Cycle : China’s policy towards Southern and Central Africa 1/3

As part of the Central and Southern Africa Observatory, a research partnership between Ifri's Sub-Saharan Africa Center and the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS) of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, Ifri is hosting a series of three research webinars on China's relations with Southern and Central Africa.

Since 2000, the Chinese presence on the African continent has continued to assert itself. Beijing has become the main trading partner. The increase in trade flows between "the world’s factory" and a continent which remains a supplier of raw materials, has been accompanied by a diplomatic and security deployment. Southern and Central Africa bear witness to these trends.

The first webinar will comprehensively address China's African policy as well as certain tools and dimensions of the said policy. Several bilateral relations between countries of the region and Beijing will be discussed.

Restricted event. By invitation only.

Chair : Alain Antil, director of the Sub-Saharan Africa Center

Speakers :

  • Jean-Pierre Cabestan, sinologist & Professor of Political science, Hong Kong’s baptist university
  • Zhao Huang, teacher-researcher in information and communication sciences, Gustave Eiffel University
  • Philippe Le Billon, Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia
  • Hilaire de Prince Pokam, Professor of International Relations, University of Dschang
  • Shangwe Muhidin, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Dar es Salaam

The interventions and the debate will be held in French and English with simultaneous translation.

The videoconference will take place on Zoom.


Contact the organizers: 

For more information about the debate, please contact schlimmer@ifri.org or  dominguesdossantos@ifri.org  

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