Viewpoint: Africa must do more to profit from China

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BBC News Africa

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

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  • Article

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External to ACUI

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Chinese investment in Africa has escalated rapidly over recent years, but what are the implications of China's foray in the continent, asks expert in China-African relations Solange Guo Chatelard. China is an economic powerhouse with long-term ambitions in Africa. Like Brazil, Russia and India, it is here to stay. Asking whether China is good or bad for the continent is not only beside the point, it distracts us from more pressing and relevant questions, such as what do African states want to gain from these new partnerships, and what are they doing to achieve this?