5 Ghanaian Presidents and China: Patterns, Pitfalls, and Possibilities
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In Five Ghanaian Presidents and China, Lloyd Amoah tackles China’s meteoric rise to global prominence and what this means for African countries including Ghana. Focusing on Ghana’s relations with China over the last sixty years, the work discusses and interrogates how generations of Ghana’s leaders, from Kwame Nkrumah to Akufo-Addo, have approached the China question since the 1950s.Combining archival data, policy information, interviews and conversations with former Ghanaian presidents, scholars and high state officials, with the sounds and sights from his long years of travel through China and intimate observation of Ghanaian policy formation processes, Amoah, finds that ultimately Ghana’s engagement with China is a matter of strategy. In this work the case is made that descriptions of China’s engagement with Africa as “neo-colonial” are both alarmist and simplistic. Five Ghanaian Presidents offers a far more nuanced account and shines some light on how African and other countries in the Global South can exploit China’s tectonic reshaping of global trade, technology, diplomacy, finance, politics, business and economics.
Lloyd G. Adu Amoah is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Asian Studies (CAS) at the University of Ghana, Legon. He was formerly a lecturer at Ashesi University where he taught for almost a decade. He is the editor of Impacts of the Knowledge Society on Economic and Social Growth in Africa and author of #notesofapatriot: On Ghana, Asia, China, Fela, Women, Zidane and more. He has written many book chapters and journal articles.His latest work, Five Ghanaian Presidents and China: Patterns, Pitfalls, and Possibilities,was just released in July, 2020. He is currently editing another book on Ghana-China relations. He serves on the Editorial Board of Pacific Affairs.