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25 May 2017 01:20 (South Africa)

Rwandan president lauds Chinese investment, damns West

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame claims Chinese investment in Africa has helped develop governments and local companies, while Western investment has mostly just extracted resources. He said Rwanda and the continent were now looking for investments from nations such as Brazil, India and China on an equal footing. China is building infrastructure across the continent in exchange for access to mineral resources. Kagame was obviously in full anti-Western mode when he said European firms dumped toxic waste in Ivory Coast and used Somalia as a garbage dump. Indeed, Dutch oil and metals trader Trafigura is seeking settlement in a huge class-action suit over dumping of petroleum waste in the Ivory Coast capital, Abidjan. But Kagame might consider that the military junta in Guinea, which brutally put down a recent demonstration against its leader, is negotiating with the Chinese over billions of dollars of infrastructure and minerals projects. The AU has imposed sanctions on Guinea, while the West is making noises about international intervention. But it seems that when it comes to the Chinese, it’s just business as usual.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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