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How China is Impacting Africa

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 9, 2011

From The Beijing Consensus-new (Stefan Halper)

But as Senegalese journalist Adama Gaye remarks, China’s sudden interest has little to do with philanthropy.42 The Chinese footprint in Africa is yielding negative effects, with serious human costs that often far outweigh the benefits.43 Henning Melber, an Africanist at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, argues that much of China’s presence in Africa is really just “old wine in new bottles.” After all, he comments, “the Chinese penetration only presents the ugly face of predatory capitalism, which for far too long has already abused the dependency of the majority on the continent.”44

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