The US-China’s Commission 2020 report to Congress draws upon the research of Keough School faculty member Joshua Eisenman, an expert on China’s strategic aims in Africa. The commission is a bipartisan group selected by Congress to monitor and report on the nexus of economic and security issues in the US-China relationship.
The report cites Eisenman’s research on China’s development practices, and how the country engages in a “comprehensive package” approach to relations with African countries. It also draws from Eisenman’s study of the Chinese Communist Party interactions with ruling and opposition parties on the continent and how the party marshals African support within international institutions like the UN to gain support for its key Chinese foreign policy priorities.
“I am honored to know that my research has informed the China Commission’s excellent work,” said Eisenman, who testified before the body in 2018. “I hope I can continue to provide future support on these and other important issues related to China’s foreign policy.”
Eisenman, who joined the Keough School faculty in 2019, researches China’s influence in the development world. He is co-editor of China Steps Out: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World (Routledge, 2018) and co-author of China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), which has its updated Chinese edition released last month by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.
Read the 2020 US-China Commission report.