Chinese neocolonialism in Africa
The Dragon eating the African Lion and Cheetah? (Part I)

Mariam, Alemayehu G.

Publisher:  Pambazuka News
Date Written:  07/09/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21257

China has literally invaded Africa with its investors, traders, lenders, builders, developers, labourers and who knows what else. The fancy phrase for that is win-win cooperation. The "cooperation" has opened up Africa as a source of raw materials for China and a dumping ground for cheap Chinese manufactured goods. It is Chinese neocolonialism.



I know it is not hip to talk about Chinese neocolonialism in Africa. "What neocolonialism?", they ask. "China is developing Africa's infrastructure. China is engaged in 'win-win development'. They are building dams, roads, rail lines and on and on."

I don't buy the canard that China is Africa's gift that keeps on giving.

In 2017, China cares as much about Africa as the European colonial powers did at the Berlin Conference in 1894.

I know it is not politically correct to say that China is exploiting Africa just like the Europeans in the heyday of colonialism. But I am a great believer in political correctness. I speak truth to power. What could be more politically correct than that? If the truth offends anyone, hell, that means I am doing a damn good job!

Anyway, I will let the apologists for China who live in Denial-istan play their game of political correctness. I will call a spade, a spade. Better yet, a neocolonialist, a neocolonialist.

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