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China in Africa: The Real Story

Deborah Brautigam

The Elcano Royal Institute/Real Instituto Elcano, a Spanish think tank, has just published a short article of mine, "China in Africa: Seven Myths." Here's an overview:

"Sensationalism and rumours cloud our ability to understand China’s growing engagement in Africa. Many of the fears about Chinese aid and engagement in Africa are misinformed. This paper unpacks seven myths: (1) ‘China is a newcomer to Africa’; (2) ‘China targets pariah regimes’; (3) ‘China hurts the West’s efforts to build democracy’; (4) ‘Chinese aid is huge’; (5) ‘Chinese aid is mainly used to win access to resources’; (6) ‘China is sending millions of farmers to Africa, leading the land grab’; and (7) ‘Chinese companies bring in all their own workers’.

While China’s rise in Africa is cause for some concern, efforts to gain a more realistic picture should help Africans and their other development partners to craft appropriate responses." Click here to continue.