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The Dragon’s Footprints: China’s Oil Diplomacy and its Impacts on Sustainable Development Policy in Ecuador and Ghana

Richard Aidoo, Pamela L. Martin, Min Ye and Diego Quiroga


As China continues to invest heavily and strategically in oil fields around the world, the dilemma for developing economies has been juxtaposing the benefits from these investments with the varying environmental and societal costs. As these investments grow in particular countries they impact and shape various policies and development approaches. In fact, the outcomes in the oil industry which have been largely eclipsed by daily policy choices such as opting to expand extraction into the Amazon Basin or increasing production in the Atlantic Ocean to meet growing expectations and investor demands, also influence social mobilization.[A1]  This paper comparatively draws on the case studies of Ecuador and Ghana to examine the pressures of China within the global economy of oil extraction.

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Richard Aidoo, Pamela L. Martin, Min Ye and Diego Quiroga, « The Dragon’s Footprints: China’s Oil Diplomacy and its Impacts on Sustainable Development Policy in Ecuador and Ghana », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 8.1 | 2017, Online since 09 June 2017, connection on 20 September 2017. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.2408

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About the authors

Richard Aidoo

Richard Aidoo is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Coastal Carolina University. His current research focuses on the different engagements between countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and China. He has published and forthcoming works in different academic journals such as African and Asian Studies, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Asian Survey, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs. Aidoo is also the co-author of Charting the Roots of Anti-Chinese Populism in Africa.

Pamela L. Martin

Pamela L. Martin is a Professor of Politics at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, where she teaches courses in International Relations and Environmental Politics.  Martin was a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador and has published on environmental governance and energy issues, including Ending the Fossil Fuel Era an edited volume with MIT Press (May 2015).

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Min Ye

Min Ye is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at Coastal Carolina University. His research interests include international conflict, foreign policy analysis, East Asian politics, and formal modeling. He is the author or co-author of articles published in Studies of Conflict and Terrorism, Korean Journal of Social Science, Journal of Political Science Education, Journal of Political Science, Korea Observer, Pacific Focus, and Foreign Policy Analysis.

Diego Quiroga

Diego Quiroga is a Professor of Anthropology at Universidad San Francisco de Quito.  He teaches Human Ecology, People, and Politics in the Andes. He is the Dean of Research and External Affairs and the Director of the Galapagos Academic Institute.

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