Conduct undermines dignity and freedom of local populace
By Jianli Yang – April 19, 2023
China‘s diplomatic and economic engagement with Africa can be dated back to the period of African decolonization (the mid-1950s to 1975), when African countries started to gain independence. In recent years, however, the Chinese government, through state-owned and state-funded enterprises, has poured massive sums of money into sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to more than 1.1 billion people — over 75% of China’s estimated population.
This was further accelerated by Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s launch of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in 2013 to create more “international collaboration.”
Africa’s rapidly growing population and increasing urbanization have increased the demand for development, particularly in the infrastructure industry. In 2020 alone, it is estimated that Chinese companies were responsible for 31% of infrastructure projects on the African continent. China continues to pour billions of dollars into Africa in efforts to dominate the continent’s natural resources sector and use its presence in Africa to promote… [Continue Reading]