Chinese interest in Nigeria’s oil and the American context

Ian Taylor*

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Nigeria is an emerging strategic partner of China. This may at first glance appear to have some important implications for the United States, which has long seen Nigeria as a significant player in the region and has often cast Nigeria as an ally of some import on the continent. However, when examining Sino-Nigerian ties in the context of the United States, the hyperbole about China’s role needs to be tamed. Washington, DC does not seem overly concerned by China’s rising influence in the country. Though US ties with Abuja are robust, its economic interest in Nigeria is declining and is not threatened by Chinese activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-404
Number of pages14
JournalCanadian Journal of African Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • China
  • Development
  • Nigeria
  • Oil
  • United States


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