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Title: African perspectives on China-Africa links
Authors: Sautman, B
Yan, H 
Keywords: International relations
Media role
Perception
Public attitude
Issue Date: 10-Sep-2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Source: China quarterly, Sept. 2009, v. 199, p. 728-759 How to cite?
Journal: China quarterly 
Abstract: Scholars and the international media often allude to a putative "African view" of Africa-China links, constructed from anecdotal evidence. Using random sample and university-based surveys, we elaborate the first empirically based study of what Africans think of their relationships with China. We reach three conclusions. First, African views are not nearly as negative as Western media make out, but are variegated and complex. Second, the survey results are at variance with the dominant Western media representation that only African ruling elites are positive about these links. Third, we find that the dominant variation in African perspectives is by country, compared with variations such as age, education and gender. The differences among countries in attitudes towards China are primarily a function of the extent to which national politicians have elected to raise the "Chinese problem" and, secondarily, the extent of Western media influence in African states.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/5415
ISSN: 0305-7410
EISSN: 1468-2648
DOI: 10.1017/S030574100999018X
Rights: © 2009 The China Quarterly. The journal web site is located at: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=CQY
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