domingo, 15 de agosto de 2010
TEc - "The Chinese are everywhere" - Time will tell if Africa wins out in the long run
I would not like to read any more than what is literally written in this objective factual account of increased Chinese dealings and physical presence in Africa.
Truly it has been quite a fast and conspicuous growing level of interaction that could have deeper longer term implications.
From the geopolitical to human perceptions to economics.
It is very much for African governments and societies to decide how best to harness support, finance, cooperation, collaboration, trade and investment from the outside world - East and West, North and South - to lift their economies and development.
It would seem to me that China has mostly been a reliable partner having already made, and making, important contributions around the Continent.
Nonetheless, it does still strike as odd - oddly enough(?)- that Chinese traders should break down every barrier from language to culture to environment to set up shop even in the remotest corners of little Lesotho!
In ten years it will become clear whether or not China-Africa relations proved a win-win.