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How Does The Chinese Involvement In The African Continent Affect African Sovereignty In The Context Of The Changing Nature Of Power?

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This chapter discusses the main theories in International Relations (IR) and their approaches towards power distribution in the world system, then turns to the Critical Theory of Cox, which is regarded to be the most useful approach for studying change in the distribution of power. It also explains the understanding of African statehood and the recent developments in the change of power distribution in the world order and how the general perspectives of the European Union (EU), China and Africa on the recent development towards a multipolar world order influence the political space for African positions. Using Cox's framework on social forces, forms of states and world order, the chapter discusses sovereignty and how China's new position in the world order and the Chinese involvement in the continent influence the power African nation states have to exercise sovereignty.

Keywords: Africa; China; Cox; European Union (EU); multipolar world order



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