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Friday, 23 January 2015

China-Africa cooperation under the spotlight

China will not follow the path of "Western colonists" in Africa, said Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi during his five-nation tour of the African continent. China is Africa's biggest trade partner, and tapped into the region's rich resources, in turn fuelling its own economic growth over the past two decades. Some have described Beijing’s role in Africa as "neo-colonial" , especially with regard to projects that are deemed to have little benefit to local people, with materials and labour being imported from China. "We absolutely will not take the old path of Western colonists, and we absolutely will not sacrifice Africa's ecological environment and long-term interests," Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Chinese Central Television while in Kenya. Beijing said it has supported projects in Africa in the area of farming, health and infrastructure-related projects.

Source: uk.reuters.com