China lays Footprints in Africa

Africa has for a long time been a primary source of natural resources for the European and American markets”

China’s presence in Africa has led to a rapid expansion in its environmental footprints as China plans to extract Africa’s natural resources that have been inaccessible until now.

China’s Africa strategy

In using Africa’s unspoiled natural resources China aims to exploit its investment as their project involves building large mines, oil explorations, roads, railways, power plants; and power transmission lines.

Controversy amongst spectators

At present China’s activities in Africa has stirred numerous reactions from various observers, effectively becoming a heated topic of debate as it was suggested from one source that
: “China’s environmental concerns at home led to resources overseas”.

Other spectators chose to examine similarities in that of china’s actions and that of western countries in exploiting Africa as a primary source.

“African goverments of all political stripes have strongly welcomed China’s growing presence on the continent. they have not only expressed appreciation for the econmonic boost triggered by chinese investment, but also for the pragmatic and speedy way in which has deleivered aid projects”

Justifiable reasons

A new report: China’s Environmental Footprint in Africa justifiably analyses China’s Africa strategy and its resemblance to the Western approach through statements such as: “Africa has for a long time been a primary source of natural resources for the European and American markets.”

The report also includes African and Western reactions to China’s environmental footprint stating: “African governments of all stripes have strongly welcomed china’s growing presence on the continent” and that “The Chinese are doing more than the G8 to make poverty history”.  

Conclusions

China’s role in Africa is indeed potent offering similar assurances to those of Western companies and could genuinely be good for Africa; concerns however should address the issue of future possible dangers of further environmental damage that such investments could cause to Africa’s environment.

 

Sources: Chinadialogue, China Chas, Blogger, Blogging Canadians

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