Recently China’s role in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has become a vital research topic in the sphere of social sciences. Mega infrastructural projects across the continent, steps taken by China to access and secure much needed natural resources for its growing economy, the no-string attached financial help given to African countries and the expansion of Chinese companies and cultural outfits like the Confucius Institutes into African countries have shown the growing importance of the People’s Republic of China on the African Continent. Besides, the rise of China in Africa has changed the pattern of interaction between traditional partners like the EU and USA with the number of African countries.
These developments raise several questions on the future of Africa and its position in the international system. The Research Group “China in Africa” at the Centre for Global Studies at the University Bonn will focus its research on explaining the following questions: