February 20, 2014/ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

306 Royce Hall Los Angeles CA

Japan and China in Africa: is there an unfolding rivalry?

Lecture by Professor Seifudein Adem of Binghamton University. This event is part of the “Economic Change and Emerging Asia-Africa Interactions” lecture series.

Simultaneous visits to Africa in January 2014 by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi almost descended into a fight over who has the continent’s best interest at heart.  From an African perspective, Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Africa was intriguing also for other reasons.  It was the first such visit in eight years. None of the countries he visited were among the most important in terms of Japan’s economic interest in Africa since none of them were major sources of Japan’s imports or destinations of Japan’s exports.  The Prime Minister traveled to Africa not too long after the latest round of confrontation which arose between his country and China over disputed islands in East China Sea and the mounting tension between them over his visit to the Yakusuni Shrine in Tokyo in December 2013.  In my presentation I wish to contextualize and explore the causes, manifestations and potential consequences (for Africa) of what seems to be an unfolding rivalry (in Africa) between the two Asian powers.

Seifudein Adem is Associate Research Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, New York.  Before coming to the United States in 2006, he taught at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, from 1988 to 1992 and at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, from 2000 to 2005.  His books include AFRASIA: A Tale of Two Continents (co-author, 2013), China’s Diplomacy in Eastern and Southern Africa (editor, 2013) and Japan: A Model and A Partner (editor, 2006).  Dr Adem has also published academic articles in such journals as African Studies Review, The Black Scholar, African and Asian Studies, Review of International Affairs and Journal of International Relations and Development.

pay-by-space and all-day parking ($12) available in lot 3.

Cost : Free and open to the public

UCLA African Studies Center(310) 825-3686



Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, Asia Pacific Center, Mellon Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities “Cultures in Transnational Perspective"