China in Africa, writing homework help

Final sample Examination

Part I. Essay Questions. 

1.  Review systematically China’s expanding economic presence in the Global South and relate it to theories discussed in class about its potential impacts in the long-term.

2.  “Engagers” and “Adversarians” represent the two major schools of thought in the West about whether rising China should be welcomed to the club of major powers or it should be contained and isolated.  Outline the major arguments of each school and evaluate the reasoning involved.

3.  Examine the unique challenges which are confronted (and opportunities enjoyed) by South East Asian nations due to their geo-strategic position vis-à-vis rising China and explore the options available to them for managing China’s behaviors.  For the purpose of illustration you may also relate these matters to the comparative situation in Africa and Latin America.

4.  Identify the five broad categories of Chinese economic and political actors in Africa and discuss the major issues pertaining to their goals and strategies.

5.  It is said that the changing patterns of China’s behavior in the Global South would reflect the evolving nature of Sino-American relations.  Whether you agree or not with this proposition, enumerate and describe the divergent theoretical approaches which inform the debates in this regard about the future of Sino-American relations.

6.  China has established bilateral commercial agreements with most Latin American countries, which have been especially important in the cases of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. Do you think that expanded commercial ties with China represent an opportunity for development for Latin American countries?  Or, do you think that the benefits of economic growth might be outweighed by negative economic and environmental impacts?  Explain.

Part II.  Short Questions. 

1.  Relate each of the following theoretical notions to the rise of China as a major player in world politics:

a.  Hobbesian Anarchy

b.  Lockean Anarchy

c.  Kanitian Anarchy

2.  Who are these individuals?  What do you think about the specific place of each in world/Chinese history?

a.  Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925)

b.  Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975)

c.  Mao Zedong (1893-1976)

d.  Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997)

3.  What do the following events (which took place in China) represent?

a.  “The Long March” (1934-1935)

b.  “The Great Leap Forward” (1958-1960)

c.  “The Great Cultural Revolution” (1966-1976)

d.  “The Tiananmen Incident” (1989)

4.  Describe the relevance of each of the following concepts to China’s rise as a major power:

a.  “Special Economic Zones”

b.  “Security Dilemma”

c.  “Beijing Consensus”

d.  “Soft Power”

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