Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access


Political Science

First Advisor

Mark Dallas




policy, power, interference, mining, western


Sino-African relations will continue to impact global power trends as China continues to actively engage with African states. This thesis has contributed to the debate concerning the nature of Sino-African affairs in a number of distinct ways. First, the three dominant schools of understanding Chinese actions in Africa were outlined and explained in-depth, they include: Chinese Imperialism, Great Power Rivalry, and Economic Engagement. However, the flaws within these categorizations, namely that of researchers treating them as mutually exclusive, have resulted in the misinterpretation of evidence and researchers interpreting the same evidence to argue in support of different schools of Sino-African thought. Making evidence ‘fit’ within the confines of one school of thought is an overarching issue in analyzing China-Africa area studies. Perhaps the most provocative ideal this thesis raises is that Sino-African relations can be best interpreted through China’s policy of non-interference.