The Sierra Leonean government has cancelled its contract with China to build a new airport, Mamamah International. The government cited the “socio-economic viability” of the airport while an older airport was under-utilised. Sierra Leone will renovate its only international instead.
By extending the influence of the yuan, China could become the new champion of globalisation.
Africa might not be changing its role in the world anytime soon if its young people are not at the centre of the continent’s development agenda. While China plays a vital role in developing Africa’s economy, the imbalances in trade are worrying, and the continent is still playing the role of a dumping ground.
The central committee of the Chinese Communist Party recently proposed removal of presidential term limits. The broader implication of this announcement, critics fear, might be that it signals to African authoritarians to strengthen their grasp on executive office and push back on the need for leadership alternation.
Stereotypical views about Africa aren’t only evident in China’s media — they pervade everyday life in China.
Chinese media portray Africa in stereotypes not dissimilar to the rest of the world. The continent is routinely treated as a single unit, erasing its linguistic, racial and cultural diversity.
A Chinese museum was forced to remove an exhibit comparing Africans to animals when critics pointed out how “astonishingly offensive” it was. The Exhibition showcased photography in a section dubbed “This Is Africa”, which juxtaposed images of wild African animals with black African people, which caused an uproar for its racist connotations.
As Zimbabwe teeters on the brink of economic and political crisis, there’s one voice that has been conspicuously silent: China. Despite the mutual professions of admiration and everlasting friendship, it seems that President Robert Mugabe has been abandoned by his Chinese counterpart in his hour of need. It wasn’t meant to be this way, writes Simon Allison.
Tanzania started the construction of a $10-billion port at Bagamoyo, a mega project funded by China Merchants Holdings and Oman’s State General Reserve Fund