By Firoze Madatally Manji, Stephen Marks
A lot present statement on China in Africa specializes in the vested pursuits of the West whereas the voices of self sustaining African analysts and activists were misplaced. In a different selection of essays, the members to this e-book current African social, historic, and cross-continental views on chinese language involvement in Africa. participants contain Ali Askouri, Horace Campbell, Michelle Chan-Fishel, Moreblessings Chidaushe, John Blessing Karumbidza, Daniel huge, Anabela Lemos, Firoze Manji, Stephen Marks, Ndubisi Obiorah, Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Daniel Ribeiro, and John Rocha.
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Advocates and democratic actors in Africa may increasingly find their traditional arguments, that respect for human rights and political liberalisation will inexorably lead to economic success, challenged by some African governments pointing to China as the poster-child for development sans democracy. A mid-term prognosis could be some African governments invoking the ‘China paradigm’ to justify the adoption of state-led economic policies coupled with intensified political repression. Hu’s April visit to Nigeria coincided with a long-festering political crisis sparked off by a major faction within the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The way forward There is a general agreement that Africa’s wide variety of natural resources could be an essential tool in the fight against poverty, underdevelopment and marginalisation. The recent discovery of oil in Madagascar, Zambia and Uganda also demonstrates that Africa’s potential mineral resources are still a mystery to Africa and the world. Africa is a continent yet to be fully explored and its latent economic potential unleashed. However, there is a need for a paradigm shift on the part of Africa’s leadership both within the public and private sectors.
The Chinese metalworking firm WAHUM, operating in Lagos, Nigeria, has also been accused by NGOs of discharging noxious substances into the air and systematic violations of occupational safety and health standards. 48 WHO'S AFRAID OF CHINA IN AFRICA? Western commentators contend that China’s lack of domestic political criticism frees its government and companies in their business endeavours in Africa from ‘reputational risks’ and other pressures that Western companies operating in Africa are routinely exposed to.