Australia-China-Africa investment partnerships: A new frontier for triangular cooperation?

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Purpose - This paper aims to examine the potential for triangular cooperation between investment partners from Australia, China and host African nations to contribute to the economic development in Africa. Design/methodology/approach - The paper discusses a number of complementarities between Australian and Chinese investors in mining, agriculture, energy, research and education and finance - sectors vital to Africa s future development. These complementarities are examined in light of recent development studies on the benefits of triangular cooperation and recent literature examining links between foreign direct investment (FDI) policy and economic development. Findings - The paper concludes that there is much to be gained by making the most of the existing and potential synergies between Australian, Chinese and local investors in African settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61 - 82
Number of pages22
JournalCritical Perspectives on International Business
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • developing countries
  • Sub Saharan Africa
  • foreign direct investment policy
  • Australia-China relations
  • triangular cooperation

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