China in Africa

January 2008 • Volume 2, Issue 1
Is China gaining control of Africa's resources?
By Karen Foerstel

Introduction

Chinese President Hu Jintao welcomes Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to Beijing during the November 2006 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation — part of China's campaign to increase its trade and investments in Africa.  (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)
Chinese President Hu Jintao welcomes Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to Beijing during the November 2006 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation — part of China's campaign to increase its trade and investments in Africa. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)

China is expanding its presence and influence across Africa. Sino-African trade has jumped nearly six-fold in recent years, and some 800 Chinese businesses operate across the continent. After centuries of enslavement, colonization and failed economic policies imposed by the West, Africans are attracted by China's no-strings-attached model of aid and investment. But while China is helping to build new ports and roads, it also is inundating Africa with low-cost goods and labor, resulting in the loss of many African businesses and jobs. Moreover, China's ever-growing demand for oil and other natural resources has led it to invest in oil-rich countries like Sudan, which have been condemned by the West for genocidal practices or human-rights abuses. In response, the United States and other Western nations are playing catch-up in the race for African oil, while scrambling to hold onto their once-historic dominance over Africa's other resources and markets.

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