The scramble for Africa

A recent article questions whether China’s economic offensive in Africa amounts to neocolonialism. Does it? And what are China’s objectives? Simon Wilson investigates.

What’s happened?

A long piece of reportage in last weekend’s Financial Times magazine has attracted a good deal of global attention, and revived the nagging question of whether China’s economic offensive in Africa amounts to a form of neo-colonialism.

In the article, FT journalist Tom Burgis tracks the rise of a shadowy and super wealthy Chinese “middleman”, Sam Pa, who, says Burgis, was a prime mover in the forging of Chinese links with African governments [...]

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