Beginning in the 1990s, China gradually changed its policy towards Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Dr. Injoo Sohn (University of Hong Kong) explained why this happened.
News from Jun 24, 2013
For many decades, China seemed to be more or less passive in its foreign policy towards regions like Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. That has changed in the 1990s when the People´s Republic approached the countries in those regions with a more active, multilateral policy. Since those "multilateral experiments" proved to be successful, the Chinese government decided to intensify them, Dr. Injoo Sohn argued in our most recent Brown Bag Lecture at the Center for Global Politics in Berlin.
According to Dr. Sohn, Assistant Professor, Global Studies Program Coordinator, and Master of International and Public Affairs (MIPA) Program Director at the University of Hong Kong, one should meet China´s growing influence with realistic pragmatism and move beyond the prevailing discourse over whether China represents an opportunity or a threat to the nations in those regions.
China is not the menacing dragon some commentators believe it is. But it is not a cuddly panda bear neither, Dr. Sohn said.