Chinese Zero-Tariff Treatment for Least Developed Countries: China’s Soft-Power in Action in Africa
International and Public Affairs
Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2017, Pages: 39-46
Received: Jun. 15, 2017; Accepted: Jul. 5, 2017; Published: Aug. 3, 2017
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Temitayo Otenia, Department of International Relations, School of Political Science and International Studies, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, P. R. China
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In 2005, in order to help Africa in improving its trade balance and economic situation, China implemented measures to grant African countries that have diplomatic ties with it, a zero-tariff treatment. The aim is to trigger more imports from Africa. The aim of this paper is to better understand Chinese zero-tariff treatment and the considerations pushing China to grant such treatment to African countries. There are two main motivations: diplomatic consideration and geopolitical consideration. In the paper, it is discussed that the diplomatic consideration resides in the fact that China has committed itself into helping African countries in the path of development. Geopolitically, Africa has an important place in the international arena.
Keywords
Chinese Zero-Tariff Treatment, China, Africa, Geopolitics, Commitment
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Temitayo Otenia, Chinese Zero-Tariff Treatment for Least Developed Countries: China’s Soft-Power in Action in Africa, International and Public Affairs. Vol. 1, No. 2, 2017, pp. 39-46. doi: 10.11648/j.ipa.20170102.11
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