Africa can choose its own friends


True Africa can chose its own friends...the china Africa debate will go on for years, but lets admit... don't they all seem good when they come, don't they all promise much when they come...lol...and the west using their best tool globalization and us with our weak national policies,warning Africa from Neo colonization from China is too Ironic..Africa needs to choose their own friends...wisely
China’s strict illegal immigration management will not harm its ties with Africa. But China needs to have policy measures conducive for a qualitative improvement in relations between Chinese and Africans. It has to address genuine grievances Africans have relating to their treatment by Chinese citizens and authorities. The implementation of these measures will enable China to minimize the negative impact of illegal immigrants on its ties with Africa.
China’s trade with Africa, characterized by manufactured products from China to Africa and raw materials from Africa to China, is not neo-colonialism. Instead, it reflects the development level of the manufacturing sector in Africa. Most African countries do not have a serious manufacturing sector. There is no evidence that China in its investment, financial and trade relations with Africa is trying to restrict the development and progress of the continent’s own manufacturing sector.

The West’s claim that China’s relationship with Africa is neo-colonialism stems from its own policy toward Africa, which results from the fear its strategic interests will be harmed as a result of structural changes in African countries and China’s growing presence on the continent. It camouflages the importance of these strategic interests by cloaking them behind concerns about Africa’s security and development and the plight of the poor. According to this perspective, Africans are not capable of deciding for themselves who are their friends and who are their enemies.
By asserting that China is a new colonial power in Africa, the West has set itself up as the self-proclaimed guardian of the continent, it warns Africa to be careful and cautions it not to become an extension of China. Which is hypocritical, to say the least, coming from the countries that colonized and exploited Africa in the past. As the independence of their former colonies did not end their economic, financial, trade and technological domination in the post-colonial era, they are afraid that China’s friendly relations with Africa pose a threat to their interests.
The West in its ties with Africa has assumed the role of a self-appointed world policeman with self-declared mission. It has also assumed paternity of Africans supportive of the principles guiding its policy of domination through divide and rule. It has become in the process, the police, judge, jury and executioner of Africans who are in theory and practice committed to the structural transformation of their continent. As long as it insists on playing the role of world policeman, the West will not respect the right of African countries to national self-determination and the free, independent exercise of their sovereignty and foreign policy.
 By Sehlare Makgetlaneng ( China Daily)

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