Year:2023 Volume: 8 Issue: 2 Area: International Relations

Karen Ferreira-Meyers
Book Review: Wei Ye, Chinas Education Aid to Africa: Fragmented Soft Power, London: Routledge, 2023, pp.37-38.
In Chinas Education Aid to Africa, Ye navigates the complex terrain of Chinas engagement with Africa through the lens of education aid, offering a critical realist examination with a specific focus on Ethiopia. The preface sets the stage, highlighting misconceptions about Chinas soft power strategy in Africa and underscores the lack of a clear overarching strategy. The subsequent chapters delve into the theoretical foundations, perspectives on foreign aid, and existing research on Chinas education aid to Africa, ultimately presenting a transformative model for understanding Chinas distinctive approach. The author expresses gratitude for the support received during fieldwork in Ethiopia, conducted amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This personal touch adds depth to the narrative, offering readers insight into the researchers experiences and the real-world implications of studying soft power dynamics during a global crisis.

Keywords: China, Soft Power, Ethiopia, Africa, Education, Aid
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