China in Africa - Investment Or Exploitation?

Posted: Apr, 7th 2015 Contributor: Bilen Shifferaw,




Indepth story by Al Jazeera. Examining China's Premier Li Keqiang making his first visit to Africa since taking office last year.  During the week-long trip he visited Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya.

China is investing billions of dollars in Africa but Beijing has been accused of exploiting the continent's vast mineral and energy resources, at the expense of local people. Premier Li has dismissed talk of any problems as "growing pains" and "isolated incidents".

Premier Li called on Chinese companies to "shoulder responsibility" for local communities in Africa, adding: "I wish to assure our African friends in all seriousness that China will never pursue a colonialist path like some countries did or allow colonialism, which belonged to the past, to reappear in Africa."

But what is at stake for African countries, and who stands to gain the most from the China-Africa relationship?


Source | Al Jazeera Inside Story

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