How is China viewed by Africans?
There are 3 types of Africans: The educated, The uneducated and the well travelled
For the well travelled and educated, China is viewed highly with Admiration and Respect. They see China as a country that was poor and through hard work has made a name for itself, has become wealthy enough to provide for its citizens, and they see a country that did not follow the dictates of the west on its way to economic success. Remember, Africa might be independent, but it still follows the dictates from the west, if not then no IMF bailouts, no economic support, no trade etc. So the west still has a big influence on what goes on in the continent.
Africans can also be divided into the city people and the hinterland dwellers. The city people, thanks to the internet and education, see what goes on in the world and make decisions for themselves. Understand that most Africans will prefer to live in the west but they are very well aware that the west won’t be happy to have Africans in their country. To get a clear view of this you can see how blacks vs whites react to issues in South Africa, Zimbabwe etc. and the whole police vs African-American thing
So Africans admire the west, but after 400 years of servitude they are very well aware that when it comes to the west you sleep with one eye open, whereas when it comes to China you get treated as an equal partner
Ziaddinè Chahoud, believer of African motherland, and diversity
Well, Africa is not just one continent and one race, it is a diverse and extremely difficult to understand. I am from Africa, but my place is from North Africa where it is the birth place of ancient civilization. So I would wonder what do entire of Africans view China, it needs more than just a Tanzanian and Kenyan view on China.
Here is the new about China:
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Most people in Sub-Sahara love China, but North Africans don’t bother. In fact, North Africans tend to distrust China comparing to our cousins below Sahara Desert. Take the photo?
There is a huge discussion and argument about China-based quality of these trains built by Chinese companies in Kenya after they were shocked to see how modern Moroccan trains like.
Some Kenyans believed the Chinese played foul and use their old 1960 train and colored it to sell for Kenyans to make it look “modern”.
But Sub-Sahara is China’s playground. After displacing the US to become the largest trader, China uses numerous economic wealths to develop the continent, but mostly in Sub-Sahara. North Africans don’t give a damn. However, Chinese investors are taking resources from the continent to feed 1 billion people rather than helping.
Also, North Africans, being part of ancient civilization, know China more than Sub-Saharans. We know from their historical textbooks, ancient civilization like us, they speak a language that becoming globally. We know them more.
To sum up, as a native from Algeria, a North African country, we don’t care on China. We just think they should help us invest, not to take resources. However, a Tanzanian and an Angolan, or Nigerian, will think differently, since they desperately need money and they will not care even if they have to sell all diamonds and gold away.
Bandera Benawara, studied Law at University of La Laguna
Most Africans view China with admiration and respect. Needless to say that China has been helping African countries to improve their infrastructure, education, etc. Trade with China is very important to Africa now. As for those who claim that China is the new colonial power in Africa, I would say that you cannot compare European military colonialism (genocide, rape, pillage, plunder, slavery, etc.) in Africa with Chinese trade with African countries. In short, the Europeans are jealous because they have viewed Africans as their slaves for too long and now they can see how the Africans don't have to rely on Europe anymore. China has been pouring billions into Africa and the West doesn't like it because they think Africa belongs to the West. Africa loves China and the Chinese are welcome in Africa. Europe has to pay Africa billions in compensation for their terrible crimes in their former African colonies and should stop using the Chinese as a smokescreen.
The wealth of the West was built on Africa's exploitation
The UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, etc., were the principal slaving nations of the modern world. In “The Empire Pays Back”, a documentary broadcast by Channel 4 (UK TV) Robert Beckford called on the British to take stock of this past. Why, he asked, had Britain made no apology for African slavery, as it had done for the Irish potato famine? Why was there no substantial public monument of national contrition equivalent to Berlin's Holocaust Museum? Why, most crucially, was there no recognition of how wealth extracted from Africa and Africans made possible the vigour and prosperity of modern Europe? Was there not a case for European colonial powers to pay reparations to the Africans?
Africa's “debt” is trivial compared to what the West really owes Africa. Experts estimate Britain's debt to Africans in the continent and diaspora to be in the trillions of pounds. While this is a useful benchmark, its basis is mistaken. Not because it is excessive, but because the real debt is incalculable. For without Africa and its Caribbean plantation extensions, the modern world as we know it would not exist.
Profits from slave trading and from sugar, coffee, cotton and tobacco are only a small part of the story. What mattered was how the pull and push from these industries transformed western Europe's economies. English banking, insurance, shipbuilding, wool and cotton manufacture, copper and iron smelting, and the cities of Bristol, Liverpool and Glasgow, multiplied in response to the direct and indirect stimulus of the slave plantations.