Commentary: China and Africa
The Australasian Review of African Studies
The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific
School of Business and Law / Markets and Services Research Centre (MASRC)
China has a long historical connection to the African continent. In recent years, that relationship has been changed with economic transactions and transfers of wealth on an unprecedented scale. Consider for example the $4 billion invested in the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway and various hydro-power projects with a combined value of more than $220 billion (See also Shinn 2012).1 China has a vast supply of funding, and Africa has a deep need of development funds. However, possession of resources and need is not one sided. Africa has an abundance of undeveloped resources including fuels such as oil, uranium, minerals and metals such as copper, gold or lithium, and foods. China needs access to these resources to continue its economic reinvention and development. Each side can benefit, but there are concerns in such relationships, particularly for the less developed side...