The New York Times had an interesting article on China's growing economic involvement in sub-Saharan Africa. The piece is somewhat successful in portraying the differing perspectives on China's investment and exports--some see it as imperialism with a Chinese rather than western face; others see it as an important alternative to the west that will promote economic development.
“There is no doubt China has been good for Zambia,” said Felix Mutati, Zambia’s minister of finance. “Why should we have a bad attitude toward the Chinese when they are doing all the right things? They are bringing investment, world-class technology, jobs, value addition. What more can you ask for?”
“Who is winning? The Chinese are, for sure,” said Michael Sata, a Zambian opposition politician who campaigned in last year’s presidential election on an anti-China platform. “Their interest is exploiting us, just like everyone who came before,” he said. “They have simply come to take the place of the West as the new colonizers of Africa.”