• Project Title: The Changing Geopolitical Purpose for Chinese Investment in Africa

  • BASIS Advisor: Dr. John Hight

  • Internship Location: William & Mary's Global Research Institute

  • Onsite Mentor: Professor Michael Tierney

China is pumping billions of dollars into Africa with nearly 50% of these transactions being done in secret. The United Republic of Tanzania is no exception to this trend. This project will analyze public and private data, existing papers and research to determine the changing purpose of Chinese investment in Tanzania. The focus will be on geopolitical incentives for China to change its financial investment models in the post -World War II era. Comparing and contrasting the financial flows, geo datasets and survey results will provide a variety of perspectives as well as room for reasonable judgment. It is important to understand the purpose for Chinese investment as it is a key factor in determining if the aid and investments are beneficial to Tanzania or if they pose a risk to the country.