Africa growing with China or the west

This Jamestown Institute article African Perspectives on China offers a summary of the growing relationship of Africa with the rest of the world, especially China.  Two main conclusions are apparent: China deals with Africa in a straightforward way (eg access to oil for a railway or factory) which is difficult for western businesses, particularly American ones, which are governed by more stringent laws on collusion and conflict of interest.  China is a very attractive partner and African nations should diversify their relationships with other Asian nations to reduce reliance on China.  For western businesses, the challenge is to offer Africa more or what they need, less charity, more investment.


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