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West wrongly blames China for continent's woes

By Andre Vltchek | China Daily | Updated: 2018-09-05 08:33

Although China has economic interests in Africa, it is trading fairly with the African countries and helping them to develop a continent-wide transportation network, while also building schools, medical and sports facilities, and cultural institutions. Equally importantly, China has been making great efforts to help protect Africa's environment.

It is because of these achievements that China is gaining in popularity in Africa. According to a 2017 Pew Research Center Poll, for instance, 63 percent of Tanzanians viewed China positively with only 15 percent having negative opinions about it, while in the most populous African country, Nigeria, the ratio was 72-13 percent.

Or take, as another example, what leading Ugandan opposition activist Arthur Tewungwa has written in a report: "The West's criticism of the impact of China's growing economic engagement has taken a predictable twist. Instead of human rights, they have chosen the environment as a stick to beat China on the head with. Actually, the Chinese have gone as far as banning the sale of ivory (while the US and the UK are yet to impose a complete ban on the sale of ivory) ... The West has always been reluctant to transfer technology and 'knowhow' ... in direct contrast to the Chinese whose environmentally friendly solar lamps and panels are fast becoming a norm in the rural areas of Africa. What China does in Africa is in stark contrast to the gleaming military hardware and advisers from the West, in some cases used to suppress populations on behalf of Western interests, while always doing damage to the environment with every explosion."

West wrongly blames China for continent's woes

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