Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa

Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa

Edited by Axel Harneit-Sievers, Stephen Marks, Sanusha Naidu

Apr 1, 2012
China's presence in Africa and elsewhere in the world has been one of the most phenomenal developments in the last few decades. This edited book adds to the growing literature on the pace and nature of  China's involvement in Africa ... [It] is well written and very thoughtful, but one cannot help but notice that Chinese contributors highlighted the contributions that China has made to Africa and African contributors highlighted the failings of China in Africa... This book is an excellent read for students and scholars of political science, international relations and international political economy.
- Richard B. Dadzie, University of Hawaii - West O'ahu, African Affairs 111

Sep 21, 2010
At the global roundtable on African affairs and international diplomacy the debate continues regarding the role that China has played and will play in Africa's development. From the engaged, yet visibly antagonistic Western perspective, one frequently hears the outcry against Chinese neo-colonialism and indiscriminate foreign investment trends. While the global North and China vie for top trade partner position in Africa, many question whether Africa has become the political pawn in imperial war. However, what are the Chinese and more importantly, the African communities saying about the growing presence from China in Africa? Mandated to further dialogue and action towards human rights and social justice in African communities, Pambazuka Press recently put forth a contribution to this discussion with its latest publication, Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa. The book is this week's recommended reader aimed to give macrocosmic perspective to our daily intercultural experience throughout the African continent.

- The East African

Socialist Standard
Nov 1, 2010
There may be a prevalent view of Africa as a continent immersed in poverty, but in fact it is rich in many things, minerals and energy, for instance. Efforts by the wealthiest and most powerful countries to exploit these resources have carried on since the end of classical colonialism and the coming of 'independence', and these have helped ensure the continuation of poverty for the vast majority of Africans. As China joins the club of developed capitalist states, it also sees Africa as a source of raw materials and a market for exports. This volume gives a wide-ranging overview of China's activities in Africa, with chapters by activists and academics from both China and Africa. Almost without exception, the most interesting essays are those by African authors, with those by Chinese contributors being largely bland and uncritical.

- Paul Bennett, Socialist Standard