By Firoze Madatally Manji, Stephen Marks
A lot present observation 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 members to this ebook current African social, historic, and cross-continental views on chinese language involvement in Africa. individuals comprise 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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China–Africa security cooperation is particularly problematic. Chinesemade weapons are often cheaper than Western equivalents and China does not usually impose political, human rights or humanitarian conditions in its arms sales. The Nigerian government is increasingly turning to China for weapons to deal with the worsening insurgency in the oil-rich Niger Delta. The Nigerian air force purchased 12 Chinese-made versions of the upgraded Mig 21 jet fighter; the navy has ordered patrol boats to secure the swamps and creeks of the Niger Delta.
TOWARDS AN AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY PERSPECTIVE ON CHINA–AFRICA RELATIONS NDUBISI OBIORAH Economic, political and security cooperation between China and Africa has grown exponentially in the last decade, presenting new opportunities and challenges for Africa. The need for Africans to understand China, and its motives for the enhanced engagement with Africa over the last decade, is now greater than ever before, writes Ndubisi Obiorah. 2 The current form of China’s engagement with Africa began taking shape after the 1949 revolution which brought Mao’s Communist Party to power.
The state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) received a right of first refusal on four oil exploration blocks at future auctions while China agreed to buy a controlling stake in Nigeria’s 110,000 barrel-a-day Kaduna oil refinery and to build a power station. Other agreements signed at the time included a US$500 million export credit from the Eximbank of China to Nigeria, for infrastructure development, as well as a Chinese grant for anti-malaria drugs, to help train Nigerians to control malaria and bird flu and for cooperation in technology.
African perspectives on China in Africa by Firoze Madatally Manji, Stephen Marks