Is China babysitting Africa by helping with development?

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InformAfrica – In a somewhat controversial topic, “Monitor.co.ug” reports that China is Africa’s newest babysitter due to the growing Africa-China partnership towards the development of the African continent.

Is China babysitting Africa? (Africa-China relations)
Health Minister Christine Andoa inspects one of the machines installed at Naguru hospital which was constructed with funding from the Chinese government. PHOTO by Stephen Otage

The Chinese are building Africa almost from scratch, from highways to mobile phone networks, water purification plants and sports stadiums, airports and government offices. Everything an African government is supposed to do, the Chinese government is doing on our behalf in Africa. -Monitor.co.ug

The following was culled from Monitor.co.ug and written by Timothy Kalyegira: 

For a week, starting Monday August 27, China’s state-run CCTV English news channel had been broadcasting a series titled “Brothers: Hand in Hand with Africa” on their Storyboard documentary programme.

The series documented the various projects the Chinese government and various Chinese companies are carrying out across Africa, from roads in Kenya to mobile phone infrastructure in Ethiopia, schools in Ghana, water treatment facilities in Cameroon, stadiums in Angola, government buildings in Uganda and on and on, at all levels of heavy infrastructure.

What was most fascinating about the series was how it revealed what China thinks and is experiencing about Africa. We are used by now to seeing most products around us “Made in China”.
But how do the Chinese themselves view the Africa they are increasingly dominating? Through the eyes and lenses of CCTV, the viewer was able to see a continent that has either not yet developed or if it once was developed, later regressed back into primitive and impoverished conditions.

To us, modern houses with tiled roofs in the cities and major towns, traffic jams in the cities, flashy cars on our streets, Africans walking about with mobile phones, wearing jeans and suits, with flat screen TV sets in our homes and satellite dishes on the roof is what we largely define as “success”. The Chinese are not impressed by our TVs and smart phones, most of which anyway are manufactured in Chinese factories. They estimate Africa as a continent that is not yet part of the world economy.

Africa just a jungle?

To the Chinese, Africa is a continent that is next to being a jungle. The few nice houses in Westlands in Nairobi, Bole Road in Addis Ababa or Muyenga in Kampala are not enough to make these cities modern or a sign of “Africa rising”.

To the Chinese, Uganda and Rwanda are the same; Ghana and Gambia, Kenya and Somalia, Angola and Chad, Ethiopia and Libya, Gabon and South Africa all the same, none an “emerging economy” or a star performer. All are in need of Chinese help.

The Chinese are building Africa almost from scratch, from highways to mobile phone networks, water purification plants and sports stadiums, airports and government offices. Everything an African government is supposed to do, the Chinese government is doing on our behalf in Africa.

The West used to be the provider of loans and technical advice to Africa. Now China has become the latest baby sitter of Africa, spoon-feeding the helpless African people and nations, changing their diapers, washing their baby bottles and bathing them.

The series reminded one of the Black and White photos and wood etchings of 19th Century explorers and missionaries making their way for the first time into Africa, cutting their way through malaria and River Blindness-infested Mangrove swamps and tropical jungles.

Africa, as seen through China’s eyes, lives in conditions of the 1920s. (??? Is the writer serious?)

The writer promotes the perception that China sees Africa as beggars and/or our continent to be nothing but jungle with little to no value. Part of his opinion was based on a documentary he claimed to have watched on CCTV. What do you think of Timothy Kalyegira’s story about Africa-China relations? 

Read the full story here: China: Africa’s newest baby sitter

Would you say China is babysitting Africa by helping with economic development? What is your opinion about the current Africa-China partnership towards development?

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