July 8, 2014 (Chinavestor) One Nation Stronger Than Those United
The relationship exists between China and Africa, with both nations seemingly willing to play both ‘giver’ and ‘taker’. Approximately $200 Billion has been traded between the two nations, making Africa the Far East nation’s leading trading partner. Considering China is the fastest growing economy and largest nation in the world, Africa surely must be taken notice by investors across the world. Why Africa? A continent cloaked in poverty, handled by misguided institutions with no consistent or robust development model. However, one factor that offsets the limitations of Africa’s economies is the rich resources embedded within. Queue China. Put simply, China appears to be contributing more to Africa’s growth than the IMF, the World Bank and even the United Nations. Parts of Africa considered too unstable to commercialise are draped in modern infrastructure with many future projects lined up.
If we take Zimbabwe as a prime example; Billions have been injected into this southern nation with success already conveyed in their 7% GDP growth figures (2009-2012). Sino-Zimbabwean ties are not exclusively rested upon the African states resources, but in actual fact, military investment is the prime motivation. Just as Sri Lanka’s relationship with China came into fruition over fighter jets, Zimbabwe has purchased significant amounts of military defence units and high tech systems. Easy money for the Chinese government it may seem, but it has also improved tourism between the two nations, with Air Zimbabwe implementing bilingual Sino-Zimbabwe officials. If one were to take a look at the political aspects of most of China’s close relations, most of China’s alliances are not military, but quasi in nature. Russia, Pakistan and Burma are considered strategic accomplishments, though some may have to scratch their heads over North Korea. But venturing into African alliances may prove more effective than all previous attempts of China extending their own olive branch.