African perspectives on China in Africa by Firoze Madatally Manji, Stephen Marks

By Firoze Madatally Manji, Stephen Marks

A lot current observation on China in Africa makes a speciality of the vested pursuits of the West whereas the voices of self sustaining African analysts and activists were misplaced. In a special number of essays, the members to this booklet current African social, ancient, and cross-continental views on chinese language involvement in Africa. members 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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Human rights 44 WHO'S AFRAID OF CHINA IN AFRICA? 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.

46 WHO'S AFRAID OF CHINA IN AFRICA? Furthermore, there is evidence of observers in Africa’s media taking a not wholly uncritical assessment of China’s progress and its implications for democracy and governance in Africa. ’17 A human rights perspective While China’s rapidly expanding engagement in Africa is enthusiastically welcomed by African governments and some African intellectuals, China’s relations with Africa’s governments is often perceived among human rights NGOs and Western commentators as increasingly problematic for governance and human rights in Africa.

This could have very positive spin-offs in lowering transaction costs and assisting African governments to address social calamities such as poor health services, energy crisis, skills development, etc. Increased Chinese demand for raw materials has seen an upsurge in commodity prices, putting extra cash in the coffers of many resource-dependent economies. However, African countries should use this windfall to make provision for the future by investing heavily in education and training, diversifying the economy 24 THE EXPLOITATION OF AFRICA’S NATURAL RESOURCES and strengthening the administrative and governance systems – political, economic and corporate – in order to be better able to maintain and sustain the current economic boom throughout the continent.

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