Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Your Call 082609 Is there a new colonial rush on in Africa?

Is there a new colonial rush on in Africa? On the next Your Call we will speak with Serge Michel, author of China Safari and scholar Nii Akuettah about increasing Chinese efforts to exploit - and develop - Africa. How is the Chinese approach different from the way the American government has operated on the Continent? Is either a good deal? Send us an email at or join us live at 11 a.m. Can African nations make it without being a client of a major power? It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

Serge Michel in Geneva
Author of China Safari: On the Trail of Beijing's Expansion in Africa. Michel was the West Africa Correspondent for the French newspaper Le Monde after stints in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. He won the Albert Londres Prize, France's most prestigious journalistic award, for his work in Iran and is the founder of the Bondy Blog, a citizen journalism project in the suburbs of Paris.

Nii Akuetteh in Washington DC
Independent Africa policy analyst and researcher. He is the former executive director of the Washington, DC-based group Africa Action.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oooh, Chinese companies and their workers are not learning local languages (is French a local language?!), practicing local customs (like watching French films?) or hanging out with the that so different from companies? Do the Brits, Americans, French or Dutch ex-pats behave any differently?

From what I've heard, according to many local Africans, the Chinese have built many more infrastructures for the local Africans than those from other countries.