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Accusation of China's investment in Africa unfounded
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2010-03-25 15:11

It is unfounded, unreasonable and unfair for some Western officials and pundits to criticize China for grabbing energy and raw materials from Africa through investment and projects.

That's because China's performance on the continent brings about a win-win result and is warmly welcomed by locals.

Some Western armchair critics often complain that China has utilized its programs and investment in Africa to squeeze energy and raw materials from the underdeveloped continent. They even try to sell a cock-and-bull story by saying China is imposing so-called "neocolonialism" on the African people.

Those comments lack the basic benchmarks for the rights and wrongs as they distort the facts and are against the views of Africans concerning China's activities in their homeland.

African leaders and people have highly applauded China's performance on their land.

For instance, Zambian President Rupiah Banda recently said it is widely recognized that Chinese investors have contributed a lot to the African economy, and are sincerely helping the African people.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said China's investment and loans are the things that Africa really needs.

Widely accepted in Africa, China's aid, investment and projects there have tremendously improved infrastructure, created jobs, raised people's living standard and boosted local economies.

Chinese President Hu Jintao in November 2006 put forward eight significant measures at the Beijing Summit of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum to aid African countries in various fields.

Premier Wen Jiabao, last November in Egypt's Sharm-el-Sheikh, unveiled another eight measures to provide additional boost for China's aid and cooperation with Africa.

The measures have given practical and considerable benefits to the African continent.

Besides, let's take a look at how much energy and raw materials Western countries and China respectively "grab," if this word can be used, from Africa.

Taking oil as an example, the oil currently exported from Africa to China only accounts for 13 percent of the continent's total export, while the figures concerning Europe and the United States both surpass 30 percent.

China's investment in African oil exploration is only one-sixteenth of the world's total, while Europe and the United States have invested much more.

Meanwhile, let's have a look at Western countries' colonization record in Africa.

From the 15th century on, Western powers invaded and colonized Africa, and snatched raw materials from there. They even sold Africans as slaves to other continents. It was not until 1990 when Namibia won independence that the African continent broke its colonial shackles from head to heel.

Hundreds of years of Western colonization, to a great extent, have led to the current relative poverty and backwardness of the African continent.

Judging from history and reality, it can be reasonably concluded that the West's calling China's investment and programs in Africa "neocolonialism" is Enditem

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