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Chinese Medicine in Cameroon

Hilaire De Prince Pokam
Translated by Jonathan Hall
p. 51-58


China’s arrival on the African economic scene is overturning the balance of forces in place since the independence of African countries. Africa is regarded by some as a “new hunting ground” or “promised land” for China, making it part of its global strategy. This article sets out to examine one of China’s so-called “soft power” strategies, represented by the widespread practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (hereafter TCM) overseas. It focuses on Cameroon, which is a mainstay for Central Africa on account of its harbour and its regional economic dominance.

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Bibliographical reference

Hilaire De Prince Pokam, « Chinese Medicine in Cameroon », China Perspectives, 2011/3 | 2011, 51-58.

Electronic reference

Hilaire De Prince Pokam, « Chinese Medicine in Cameroon », China Perspectives [Online], 2011/3 | 2011, Online since 25 September 2014, connection on 18 January 2018. URL :

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About the author

Hilaire De Prince Pokam

He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Paris X-Nanterre. He teaches at Dschang University (Cameroon), and is a member of the International Political Sciences Association, the Swiss Association of Political Science, the Asia Research Group, and the Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa. His current research is concerned with the relations between the developed countries and the emergent countries in Africa, the international community and African governments, as well as the committees supervising elections in sub-Saharan Africa.

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