Monday, January 7, 2019

Why Africa Loves China

Aljazeera published on 6 January 2019 a commentary titled "Why Africa Loves China" by Mehari Taddele Maru.

While the commentary contains a modicum of balance, it concludes that "China is already winning the hearts and the minds of Africans. The West will have to either change tact or forever play catch up."

The opinion piece contains some legitimate criticisms of widely held negative views in the West of China's policies in Africa, but errors by dismissing China's loans tied to Chinese companies, China's trade surpluses, its contribution to African debt, and its lack of support for the rule of law in Africa. And since when does one African speak for 1.2 billion Africans?

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