Author: Daniel Lemus Delgado

Research Article

Year: 2015, Volume 15 No 2
Pages: 1-18

Abstract

This article analyses the relationship between discourse and identity in the case of the People’s Republic of China in Africa. It assumes that the interests of the Chinese government in Africa can be understood from a theoretical constructivist approach. So, the activities of International Development Cooperation of China into Africa are a result of material and ideational aspirations. Thus, the ties of China in Africa have been boosted by the identity of the Chinese state in the international arena. To understand how identity and interest are linked, this article analyses the official discourse of China in Forum on China Africa Cooperation. Thus,14 official discourses are analyzed to determine how these discourses reinforce the identity of the Chinese state and how that identity is reflected in these discourses, inan intersubjective process.This article concludes that words and ideas have become an institutional mechanism that is consistent and well de ned, and in which the relationship between China and Africa has been oriented.

Keywords: China-Africa- Forum on China-Africa Cooperation-Constructivism-International
Development Cooperation