Ahead of the curve: what Ian Taylor’s 'China’s foreign policy towards Africa in the 1990s' tells us about China's grand strategy today


  • Steven Chiun-yi Kuo Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town




China–Africa relations, China–Africa history, China’s Africa policy, Chinese foreign policy, African international relations


Political support has long been the top priority and foundational consideration of Beijing’s Africa policy in the United Nations and other international fora. Taylor’s article highlighted the main drivers behind Beijing’s policy towards Africa. His arguments on this point provided support for a great deal of his later publications arguing against the waves of the “Chinese resource neo-colonialism in Africa” discourse, which was all the rage throughout the 2000s and 2010s.

Author Biography

Steven Chiun-yi Kuo, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town

Steven Kuo is a Taiwan-born South African. He was Ian's PhD student between 2007–2012, working on a thesis focusing on China–Africa security relations. Alongside his academic position as Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, he currently also acts as a consultant on China–Africa relations.