Black gold and Chinese influence : a hegemonic study of China's role in the Angolan oil industry
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China has since the end of the Angolan civil war in 2002 been an important partner in rebuilding Angola and expanding the infrastructure throughout the country, making Angola a more integrated and predictable country. The Chinese economy has at the same time experienced a thriving economic growth while the US has been experiencing the opposite. This has led to a shift in the international system in which the US hegemony is challenged while China gains momentum as a growing world power. In light of the Neo-Gramcian theory of hegemony, this study examines these shifts in the international state structure as well as the rise of a Chinese hegemony in Africa, particularly in Angola and its oil industry in which China has high stakes as an investor and importer. However, despite the intense Chinese investment in the oil industry in Angola, this research shows, in line with the issue-area assumption about foreign policy, that China does in fact not exert significant power or influence in the oil industry in Angola.