La Chine en Afrique vue par elle-même

Abstract : In this working paper, I wish to present four quick translations (from Chinese to French) that I made from four interviews with executives of large Chinese enterprises in Africa. It was originally published in a Chinese daily named the 21st Century Economic Report . These are four instances of a whole series of interviews with executives of large Chinese enterprises in Africa that were conducted by journalist Zhao Yining and which were published between February 2017 and August 2017. To introduce Ms Zhao and her work, I have also translated a short column about industrialization in Africa that she wrote and published in the same daily. These interviews look very interesting to me because questions and answers are meant to be read by Chinese people, in their own language and with their own codes. No Third-world fraternity, no win-win, just raw reality: money, only money but money. Nor is there any Party jargon On the other hand, for the first two interviews, there is a very constructed rhetoric that was probably developed at headquarters in China by one of the top executives, Sun Ziyu. In the case of the third interview, the strategy is much less constructed and more akin to that of small businessmen dredging opportunities. The fourth interview tells the poignant life of a Chinese Communist Party Secretary who is now expatriate in Cameroon. What is remarkable is that in all these papers there is hardly any reference to the New Silk Roads Initiative and the possibility of an inclusion of Africa. In fact, the inclusion of Africa in this project is a geopolitical but not economic concern and this was made evident at the Bo'ao Forum held in Paris in mid-September.
Document type :
Preprints, Working Papers, ...
Complete list of metadatas

Cited literature [3 references]  Display  Hide  Download
Contributor : Thierry Pairault <>
Submitted on : Monday, October 2, 2017 - 2:03:46 PM
Last modification on : Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 1:51:52 AM


La Chine vue par elle-même.pdf
Files produced by the author(s)


  • HAL Id : halshs-01599699, version 1


Thierry Pairault. La Chine en Afrique vue par elle-même. 2017. ⟨halshs-01599699⟩



Record views


Files downloads