The Chinese Footprint Growing Across Africa – Howard W. French

Howard French reports from a flight between Addis Ababa, and Beijing:

To be sure, China will not forever be the fresh-faced and idealized suitor that many in take it to be today. This is clearly a special, honeymoon-like moment. But the very appeal of China owes a great deal to disillusionment in Africa with the West, whose preachiness and shifting prescriptions, whose unreliability and penchant in the face of frustration for damning cultural explanations for Africa’s failures, free of critical self-examination, have left many Africans exasperated. [Full text]

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