dimarts, de gener 23, 2007

China Must Give Its Africa Policy Ethical Content

Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari*

EARLY last year China published its Africa-Policy with the hope to develop a new strategic partnership with the continent characterised (as is usual in Chinese jargon) by equality, sincerity, friendship mutual trust and common development.

One would posit that it is not a very complicated exercise, even for a foreign policy neophyte to understand the reasons why Africa has moved higher up the foreign policy priorities of the "empire in the middle".

Whilst the love affair between Africa and China is not a new one, since the former outstanding Chinese premier Zhu Rongji "managed marketisation" in the 1990s it has taken a new dimension with the rapid economic ascent of China and its thirst for natural resources to meet rising domestic demand...

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*Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari is a PhD fellow at the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne in France.

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