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Professor Gary R. Bunt

China in Africa - analysis/opinion

Ismail Einashe, The National, China in Africa: an increasingly uneasy marriage of interests
"Many have described China’s relationship with Africa as neo-colonial, but it is a thoroughly contemporary strategy. It is also not clear that it is an entanglement that African nations need to enter into, in order to develop. What is true is that the US and former colonial powers are sore that they have missed the boat in Africa. For many years, the West framed Africa as a place of war, famine and disease. China, however, saw opportunity – in addition to its natural resources, Africa is the world’s fastest-growing continent and has a “youth bulge” that could pay great dividends in the future."
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