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The poll shows what people have to say about China and its interest in Africa. China has been both vilified and praised in almost equal measure by those polled for its aid support to Africa. Some have said that China is following the script of the colonial era that saw most of Africa put under colonial rule that oversaw the pillage of her resources while others have praised the massive infrastructural developments that have opened up the continent to business by providing roads, railways, air and sea ports as well as hydro electric power stations.
Those who support China’s assistance to Africa have termed it as an opportunity for Africa to gain valuable skills and expertise from the Chinese, and also an opportunity for local contractors to develop capacities. Furthermore, some have said that China delivers good and durable projects at an affordable cost for Africa for example the TARAZA Railway line.
The others see the support as a way to confuse greedy African leaders as they treat Africa as a junkyard for their sub-standard products. They also term their loans as bad debts that Africa won’t be able to repay; ‘it’s a web of slavery that will eventually lead to Neo-colonialism’.
One thing that seems to be echoed through the comments made is that there is a dark cloud looming over the horizon over the debt burden that Africa is accruing and the risk that we are mortgaging Africa’s resources and reducing future generations to servitude to China through massive borrowing that exceeds our ability to pay.