China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers

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In China’s Second Continent, Howard French explores the Chinese presence in 15 African countries. The relationship goes beyond economics: more than a million Chinese citizens have migrated to Africa.

He says there’s a debate about the long-term consequences of China’s push into the African continent: Will it create development and prosperity, or will it lead to exploitation reminiscent of 19th-century European colonialism

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Eli Levine‘s insight:

Personally, I’m a little resentful that our money is being used to finance Chinese firms.  I’m also not happy that the Chinese aren’t using local labor, which would boost economic activity in African societies.  I’m surprised if that’s not more of a sore point for the people who live in these societies.

But anyway.

If we weren’t so committed to spreading our political “religion” of democracy and Liberal values, we may have a shot at securing Africa for ourselves.  A pity that we’re not as competitive a country as China.  However, if China wants to play international empire, I say let them.  They’ll either do a better job than we’ve done or they’ll be as corrupt and exploitative as we were and, thus, end their tenure on “top”.  So long as we’re able to defend ourselves over here, I see no reason to challenge the artificial empire of China.  That’s just my interpretation of history.  Take from it what you will.

Think about it.

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