Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

Reader 1

Minxin Pei

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© 2016 Ellison Taylor


This paper examines the economic, social, and political relations that China has with Nigeria and Angola. The aim of this study is to understand the true impact of China’s bilateral expansion and to determine whether these relationships extend beyond South-South cooperation using domestic and international scholarly articles and literature reviews.

In doing so, the paper will outline China’s initial penetration into Nigeria and Angola as well as their industries respectively. This research was founded through the use of secondary sources and scholarly reviews.

Both Nigeria and Angola have had longstanding relationships with China that dates further beyond their official establishment of diplomatic relations. As developing nations, the partnership among these states was instrumental to the promotion of South-South cooperation, development, and economic growth. The conclusion to this study is that neither Nigeria’s nor Angola’s government holds policies indicative of Chinese soft power.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.