Critics of China’s Role in Africa Should Take a Long, Hard Look in the Mirror

china-africaInternational media have reported up a storm on the recent surge in China-Africa links. They invoke a theme familiar from the past two centuries of colonialism and Cold War: Africa is beset by poverty and ignorance, caused by ruthless and corrupt rulers. Westerners are trying to bring them to book and instill order on the continent, but other forces, in this case Chinese interlopers, are making that difficult. 

The facts on the ground show China’s engagement in Africa has been more positive than this discourse claims. The Chinese are getting bad press in the West because they are from a country that is neitherjakarta-globedemocratic nor white, yet find themselves effectively competing with those who are — to the point that some Africans see Chinese development activities as providing a model.

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