Chris Alden: China And ‘An Africa That Can Say No’

From the Daily Champion, via Allafrica.com

While the drive to secure energy resources is at the heart of Beijing’s renewed engagement with , there is nonetheless a growing depth and complexity to relations that bears closer analysis. In particular, China’s role in the Sudan crisis, where it has supported a military regime accused of perpetrating a humanitarian crisis has cast a new and, for many, disturbing light on Chinese activities in Africa. [The United Nations released an investigation report on February 1 2005 on the situation in Darfur.]

The need on the part of Africans to understand China and its motives for engagement with the continent is now greater than ever before.

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