Jul 22, 2017
One of the most durable narratives about the Chinese in Africa
is that the PRC is now just the newest foreign country to colonize
the continent. While the Europeans may have used brute force,
according to this widely-held perception, the Chinese instead using
money to buy Africa’s land, corrupt its leaders and export its raw
materials. Sure the methods may be different but the outcome is
effectively the same: Africa is again being victimized by yet
another imperial power.
Kenya-native and the founder of the Beijing-based sustainable
development consultancy Development
argues that not only is it factually incorrect
to label China as some kind of neo-colonial power in Africa, it’s
also disrespectful to her ancestors and the tens millions of other
Africans who suffered under the brutality of actual colonial rule.
“To call China a colonial power is to diminish the true horrors
that were faced by the colonized communities, including by my own
relatives, who were detained by the British colonial authorities,”
she wrote in a provocative article for Project Syndicate entitled
People’s Republic of Africa?
Hannah joins Eric to discuss why she thinks the perception of
China as a new colonial power in Africa is so durable.
Join the discussion. Do you agree with Hannah that China may
be a lot of things in Africa but it is not a colonizer? Or do you
see history repeating itself where Africa is once again the victim
of an aggressive foreign power seeking domination? Let us know what