Is the China-Africa Love Affair Over?
China and Africa’s blossoming relationship has been one of the biggest economic stories of the 21st century. But as investment slows and discontent grows, are things turning sour?
The burgeoning relationship between China and Africa has been one of the great economic stories of the 21st century. Billions of dollars of investment and loans from China have created radical change in many African countries. But not everyone is happy, with some even claiming this is a new form of colonialism. As signs of discontent grow in countries like Zambia, and investment numbers start to slip down, we ask: is the China-Africa love affair over?
Dr Lauren Johnston – Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
Professor Lina Benabdallah – Assistant Professor of Politics & International Affairs, Wake Forest University
Laura Miti – Executive Director, Alliance for Community Action
Professor Stephen Chan – Professor of World Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Presenter: Linda Yueh
Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton
(A Chinese railway worker drills holes on the newly put railway tracks in Dondo, outside Luanda, Angola. Photo credit: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images )