Saturday, July 21, 2012

Africa Chooses China

Wouldn't you?

"China plans to loan $20b to African countries" by Jane Perlez  |  New York Times, July 20, 2012

BEIJING — President Hu Jintao said Thursday that ­China would lend $20 billion to African governments for infrastructure and agriculture in the next three years, in a speech to a gathering of African leaders.

The loans outlined by Hu, which doubled the amount ­offered at the last such conference, in 2009, signaled that China was pressing ahead with aid programs in African nations with abundant energy and mineral resources but with more focus on grass-roots projects.  

Yes, good thing the altruistic AmeriKan empire never takes those things into consideration. If we want the stuff we just invade and occupy the place.

China’s aid to Africa has expanded in the past decade as the continent has become a major source of oil from Sudan and Angola and copper from Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. But its projects — roads, pipelines, and ports — have focused on benefiting China’s extractive industries, not African people, critics say. The infrastructure is generally built with Chinese labor.  

That's what the "critics" say, huh?

China has been criticized for offering aid without conditioning it on human-rights performance or governance. 

And if it is a problem for some EUSraeli puppet we'll just overlook it. 

The president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, praised China’s approach, saying it was preferred to Africa’s experience with Europe. ‘‘We are particularly pleased that in our relationship with China, we are equals and that agreements entered into are for mutual gain.’’  

What, you guys didn't like the slavery, genocides, and the destruction of families after they meant so well?

He also said: ‘‘Africa’s commitment to China’s development has been demonstrated by supply of raw materials, other products, and technology transfer. This trade pattern is unsustainable in the long term.’’

Hu said China would train 30,000 Africans, offer 18,000 scholarships, and send 1,500 medical personnel to Africa.