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China has no history of imposing its economic and political systems. It respects and takes into consideration other societies' histories and cultures. It is European and American imperialism that unscientifically imposed capitalism and sham liberal democracy on countries in Africa and Latin America. Countries on these continents did not have the material conditions necessary for capitalist development. But the capitalist economic base and its political superstructures were imposed as means of paving the way for capital accumulation by European and American monopolies. Additionally, there is no trace of China funding proxy wars in countries that have world views different from its geopolitical perspective. That is left to be done by US and its NATO allies. What we know of China is that it is the largest trading partner of almost every African country. Buck of imported consumer goods to the continent comes from China. China has oversea investments in finance, construction, mining, agriculture, technology, industrial production, etc. to the continent. Through bilateral arrangements, thousands of young Africans are going to China annually to further their studies in different fields. Op-ed 

Is China Colonizing Africa?

    By Moses Uneh Yahmia My answer is a resounding no. Rather than agreeing, it is logical to say China is practically demonstrating to Africa how to exorcise oneself from the ghost of over 400years of incessant imperialist exploitation – an exploitation that first began with the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and then European Colonialism and now present-day Neo-colonialism which has kept African countries in that straitjacket as producers of raw materials for western monopoly capital, outposts for the importation of manufactured goods and playground of US and NATO’s military…

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Op-ed Public Policy 

China is cheating Africa

The Editor China which gets its raw material from Africa turns around and sell for us finished products. While Africa export to China is mostly raw material at estimated value of about $60 billion a year, we turn around and buy the finished products and we spend over $500 Billion in China. Same predicament faces us when it comes to western countries. The west uses their institutions like World Trade Org.(WTO) to clump down on our goods by claiming that they do not meet international threshold, that way they keep…

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China in Africa: A Modern Story of Colonization?

By Mark Esposito and Terence Tse China’s economic growth has been a key narrative in the story of economic miracle over the past two decades. Its Outward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in particular has played a prominent role in economic interactions with many developing countries. China, once a major recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) has recently become one of the largest ‘emerging’ investors, especially in Sub Saharan Africa countries, with its biggest investments being in Nigeria, Sudan, South Africa and Angola among others. In recent times China has become…

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Politics Society Arts & Leisure 

Can Africa Follow China’s Industrialization Path?

  Marcelo Giugale The simple answer is “No”. But there is a lot that sub-Saharan Africa (“Africa” for short) can learn from the Chinese industrialization experience — that incredible transformation from an old, inward-looking, heavy industrial sector which provided relatively little employment, exported almost nothing, and was owned and managed by the state, into the world’s most formidable light-manufacturing machine, run by private entrepreneurs and home to hundreds of millions of jobs. In two decades, the country’s share of global manufacture exports rose from nearly zero to 15 percent —…

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