Is China merely the next colonial power to wreak havoc in Africa and make the continent financially dependent, while raw materials flow bountifully to the Middle Kingdom? This is the impression given by many media reports. Deborah Brautigam, Director of the China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University disagrees – and is increasingly distraught by Western reporting: “I’m always surprised how much journalists still fall back into Cold War reflexes when reporting on China.”
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