China in Africa
China is among the countries in the world which have experienced the most rapid economic growth. The middle-class population in the country is also quickly increasing, resulting in an unrivaled need for resources. On the other hand, Africa has dormant oil and mining sectors which attract China for a boost, and in return, the countries get favorable trade deals. China receives imports such as mineral fuels, lubricants, iron ore, metals, and agricultural products from Africa and exports manufactured products and various types of machinery to the continent. China’s economic and political influence in Africa has been warmly received by the majority of African leaders. However, civil societies from the Western and African countries see China’s activities in the continent as unfair, citing the violation of local laws and non-compliance with environmental and safety standards among other issues.
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China Denies Building Empire in Africa
China has for a long time been under criticism by the Western countries for what they perceive as cunning ways to exploit African resources. It is beyond doubt that China has played a major role in the improvement of agriculture and health sectors as well as overall infrastructure in Africa. More than half of China’s foreign aid goes to Africa, and this has given the continent a significant boost to its economy. As China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, said on his African tour, the trade between China and Africa aims at benefiting both parties, and the claims made by the Western countries are just political gimmicks. Although China’s involvement in South Sudan’s political issues is seen as a selfish move, Wang clarifies that the country is doing so as part of its duties and responsibilities.
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