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The Communist Party of Chinas Ties to African Political Parties

By Joshua Eisenman


For nearly three decades the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) has implemented an international outreach campaign designed to build ties with African political parties. In the pursuit of improved official state-to-state relations and Chinese domestic economic development the CPC’s International Department and its various related organizations have engaged African parties with deep pockets and admirable adroitness. CPC delegations are valuable forward teams that work with African counterparts to lay the foundations for commercial and diplomatic cooperation and provide opportunities for interpersonal interactions among Chinese and African political elites. Despite its success, however, the CPC’s International Department remains, among the “least well understood organs of China’s foreign policy system.”


Bio: Joshua Eisenman is Fellow in Asia Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council and a doctoral student in the political science department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Between September 2003 and December 2005 he served as a professional analyst at the Congressionally mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He has also worked as Fellow, at the New America Foundation and assistant director of China studies at The Nixon Center in Washington DC. Mr. Eisenman has written and spoken widely on Sino-African relations. He has presented formal remarks on China's strategy towards Africa at a variety of academic and government institutions including the State Department, National Defense University, and Council on Foreign Relations. He received an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

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