China in Africa: in Zheng He's footsteps

PUBLICATION YEAR: 2017
TITLE AUTHOR(S): L.Xinfeng
KEYWORDS: CHINA, HE, ZHENG
DEPARTMENT: Deputy CEO: Research (DCEO:R), Deputy CEO: Research (ERKC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9742

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Abstract

Following Zheng He's footsteps is more than just one person's quest to retrace the journey of an alluring historical figure shrouded in legend: Zheng. He has become an important symbol for the Chinese people and the world of peace-loving cultural excahnge in general. Li's comprehensive research into the African travels of the iconic figure presents a challenge to the postcolonial world, highlighting the stark contrast between colonising and fair exchange for mutual benefit. A consistent thread in the narrative is how best to respond to the challenge of overturning the exploitation of colonial relationships with friendly collaboration in modern times.