China Seeks to Overcome Credibility Gap in Africa – Lindsay Beck

Reuters follows up on pledges made by China during last year’s Africa Summit:

When China played host to nearly 50 African leaders in Beijing last year it sought to cement its friendship with the continent with promises on everything from tariff exemptions to tourism to training.

Six months later, as Shanghai welcomes delegates for the May 16-17 African Development Bank annual meeting, African nations want to see the results.

Analysts say that while China is showing a commitment to following through on its pledges, it is also being forced to wage a public relations war to counter criticism that it is ignoring labour and environmental standards and undermining local industries by flooding the continent with cheap goods. [Full text]

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