Major Department

International Studies


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


BA (Bachelor of Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Spring 2017

Honors Major Advisor

Emily Wentzell

Thesis Mentor

Craig Just


China is considered to be the world’s second-largest economic power, and in recent years has set a precedent for fast economic growth. In addition to this rapid economic growth, China has seriously increased foreign direct investment all over the world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. This paper will examine the progression of the relationship between China and Tanzania, specifically by delving into the complicated issues of resource governance and how these issues relate to the growing presence of Chinese construction conglomerates. It is currently estimated that only 6.7% of Tanzania’s roadways are paved, making Tanzania a great candidate for infrastructural investments (Hopcraft). The Chinese government has aided Tanzania through FDI and has sent state-owned contracting enterprises to help with construction. This new economic partnership promises growth and development on both sides, however, dissecting and understanding the specific motivations behind China’s involvement can be complex. Ultimately, this partnership brings a lot of positive opportunities to both China and Tanzania, but there are reasons for Tanzania to remain skeptical.


Tanzania, China, FDI, transportation, infrastructure, investment

Total Pages

36 pages


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