Power plays and balancing acts: the paradoxical effects of Chinese trade on African foreign policy positions

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Power plays and balancing acts : the paradoxical effects of Chinese trade on African foreign policy positions. / Carmody, Padraig; Dasandi, Niheer; Mikhaylov, Slava.

In: Political Studies, Vol. 68, No. 1, 01.02.2020, p. 224-246.

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