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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Africa, China's Second Continent!
China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa
by Howard W. French
Reviewed by Nicolas van de Walle
one million Chinese citizens have moved to Africa in the last two
decades, where they have established a wide array of businesses, from
small farms to large construction companies. In this perceptive account,
backed by numerous and often insightful interviews with people in a
dozen African countries, French makes clear that the Chinese presence in
Africa is not solely the result of Chinese government policies. A
surprising number of his subjects reveal that they left China because
they found life in Africa more attractive and do not intend to return
home. Although many of them rely on networks of fellow Chinese
immigrants for capital and know-how, they often complain to the author
about their countrymen, particularly those who hail from different parts
of China. Still, French concedes that this substantial wave of
emigration cannot be completely disassociated from China’s strategic and
commercial ambitions in the region. Although French declines to render a
simplistic positive or negative verdict on the effect of the Chinese
presence on the region, he does argue that it expresses China’s
quasi-imperial approach to promoting its global influence and power.