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

By Firoze Madatally Manji, Stephen Marks

A lot present remark on China in Africa specializes in the vested pursuits of the West whereas the voices of self sufficient African analysts and activists were misplaced. In a distinct selection of essays, the participants to this booklet current African social, historic, and cross-continental views on chinese language involvement in Africa. participants 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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The implications of this debate for advancing human rights and democracy in Africa are critical. A failure to re-establish the primacy and legitimacy of liberal democracy and strong human rights protections among Africa’s intellectuals, media and civil society as the most appropriate path 45 AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES ON CHINA IN AFRICA for Africa’s development may ultimately lead to popular disillusionment with Western-inspired political and economic prescriptions that are perceived as unable to put bread in the mouths of hungry infants while communist China becomes the workshop of the world.

The community at large and civil society organisations are crucial in ensuring that Africa’s natural resources are exploited 30 THE EXPLOITATION OF AFRICA’S NATURAL RESOURCES and managed in a manner that contributes to the eradication of poverty as well as sustainable economic growth and development. First, there is a need to place the broader national interest above shortterm personal gain. In most African countries the state or the head of state are the custodians of natural resources on behalf of the people.

NGOs in Nigeria have accused the Chinese logging company WEMPCO of discharging untreated effluents into the Cross River in south-eastern Nigeria, thereby damaging the health and livelihoods of local fisher folk. The company is also accused of colluding with local officials and law enforcement officers to suppress protests by the local community. The Chinese metalworking firm WAHUM, operating in Lagos, Nigeria, has also been accused by NGOs of discharging noxious substances into the air and systematic violations of occupational safety and health standards.

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