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Belt and Road Initiative: Alternative Development Path for Africa

Thokozani Simelane and Lavhelesani Managa, editors
Belt and Road Initiative: Alternative Development Path for Africa
ISBN: 978-0-7983-0526-6
2018/164 pages
Distributed for AISA, an imprint of HSRC Press


At the heart of China's Belt and Road Initiative lies the creation of not only an economic land belt linking countries on the original Silk Road through Central Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, but also a maritime "road" linking its port facilities with the African coast. In Belt and Road Initiative, contributors from China and Africa consider how China's vision could support the development milestones laid out in Africa's Agenda 2063. 


Thokozani Simelane is a chief research specialist and acting director of research at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Lavhelesani Managa is a researcher at HSRC's African Institute of South Africa.


  • Introduction—A. Sooklal, T. Simelane, and J. Anand.
  • Unblocking Africa's Underdevelopment Through the Belt and Road Initiative—E. Forje.
  • Attracting Investment for Infrastructure Development in Africa—E. Owusu-Seleyere.
  • State of Infrastructural Development Cooperation Between China and Africa—Y. Zhu.
  • Belt and Road Linked Transnational Infrastructure and Resources in Eastern and Southern Africa—N. Tukić.
  • Africa-China Strategic Coalition: A Remodeled Financial Model for Infrastructure Development—A.R. Adewale.
  • Relocating China's Manufacturing Capacity and Industrialization to Africa—C. Lian.
  • The One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative and China-Africa Agricultural Cooperation—J. Zheda.
  • Reconceptualizing Peace and Security: Distributional Justice Within Sino-Africa Cooperation and Beyond—S. Links.
  • People to People Interactions: Africans in China – Status Analysis—X. Cui.
  • Merging Two Developmental Visions: Africa's Agenda 2063 and China’s Belt and Road Initiative—A. Sooklal, T. Simelane, and J. Anand.