BBC Newsnight: Chinese Influence in Zambia (Part 2)

news_newsnightOne of the central questions to consider when watching this BBC Newsnight report on China’s growing influence in Zambia is how Beijing’s insatiable need for natural resources will clash with China’s instinctive policy of non-interference in other countries internal affairs?  For most of China’s Communist-era, the non-interference doctrine has served as one of the main pillars of its foreign policy.  Yet, what constitutes interference?  Just by the scale of China’s investments in comparably small economies like Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, it can be credibly argued that China’s involvement does have a distorting effect to the political, economical and even cultural environments of these countries.  Is that “interference” per say?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  It is clear though that Zambia highlights the new challenges to the once simple non-interference” doctrine.

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