New Imperialist Incursions into the Dark Continent: China and Turkey

Thursday, 2 July 2015: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
CLM.B.06 (Clement House)
Hatice Aztimur, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey
The stage that capital stock has reached today is reinforcing its constant need of the capital for new valuation fields. Country capitals that were articulated to the system in later stages as well as early capitalized country capitals need new valuation fields. This need reshapes the relation which the capital forms with the place.

Africa which feeds the system over the exploitation of raw materials and human resource in the early stages of capitalism started to be considered as a new valuation field for the capital in the stage of today.  The level of the relation with the capitalist system formed by Africa is decisive in the determination of the spatial preference of the capital. The capital whose international mobility has extended in the globalization process is increasing its investments in Africa which has weak relations with the capitalist system. 

The capital of Turkey which is a late capitalized country also has accelerated its investments in this continent. Another country which makes investment in Africa is China. The internationalization process of the Chinese economy has gained a new dimension with its investments in Africa. The investments of Turkey and China in Africa are performed over different relations set. In this study, Turkey’s and China’s accelerating their investment in Africa, common and different sides of the countries in the capital stock process will be tried to read by correlating the spatial dispersion and imperialism thesis.