African perspectives on China in Africa by Firoze Madatally Manji, Stephen Marks

By Firoze Madatally Manji, Stephen Marks

A lot latest remark on China in Africa specializes in the vested pursuits of the West whereas the voices of self sustaining African analysts and activists were misplaced. In a different selection of essays, the members to this e-book current African social, old, and cross-continental views on chinese language involvement in Africa. members contain Ali Askouri, Horace Campbell, Michelle Chan-Fishel, Moreblessings Chidaushe, John Blessing Karumbidza, Daniel huge, Anabela Lemos, Firoze Manji, Stephen Marks, Ndubisi Obiorah, Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Daniel Ribeiro, and John Rocha.

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6 Gabon is now selling one-fifth of its annual oil output to China. 7 It is reported that the value of this has since risen to almost U$9 billion. The general agreements focus particularly on enhancing Chinese–Angolan 21 AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES ON CHINA IN AFRICA cooperation in the oil and gas as well as mineral resources sectors. Three definite oil agreements were signed whereby Sonangol, Angola’s state oil company agreed to supply oil to China’s Sinopec oil company. This was supplemented by agreements for Sonangol and Sinopec to jointly evaluate Angola’s offshore Block 3 as well to study plans for the development of a new oil refinery in Angola.

When African post-colonial governments began moving towards oneparty states and ‘African socialism’ in the 1960s, they often proffered the rationale that Western models of democracy were unsuited to Africa’s material conditions and to its history and cultures. Through the 1970s and 1980s, the debate raged in Africa as to whether Western political and economic models could be transported to non-Western societies, whether capitalism or Soviet-style socialism was the better model for Africa or whether African states could craft a ‘Third Way’ to nirvana.

Chinese assistance has enabled some African governments to embark on policies considered unwise by the IFIs and Western donors. Chinese loans in the last two years have enabled the Angolan government to embark on infrastructure projects regarded by the World Bank and the IMF as wasteful and unnecessary and to resist pressure from IFIs and NGOs for greater transparency and efficiency in the management of its oil revenues. Angolan oil accounts for 13 per cent of China’s crude imports making China is the second-largest consumer of Angolan oil after the United States.

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