China-Africa relations seen as mutually beneficial: analysts

15:58, February 15, 2011      

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China-Africa relations will continue to grow mutually in the coming years, benefiting the two partners without either taking undue advantage of the other, foreign policy analysts have said.

Tom Cargill, assistant head of the African Program at the London-based think tank Chatham House told Xinhua recently that the notion that Africa may not be getting enough benefits from its relations with China are misplaced.

"Our report on China-Angola shows that on the contrary. Some African countries are making maximum gains from relations with China," he said in an interview.

"If you have a government that knows how to make deals, it can get lots of gains from relations with China," Cargill said.

Analysts have said China has provided funding for strategic post-conflict infrastructure projects in Angola that Western donors declined to fund.

The shift toward China was partly because non-Chinese credit lines that Angola secured in 2004 demanded higher guarantees of oil, according to a working paper by the Chatham House.

It said China's investments in rehabilitation of hyro- electricity dams, construction of roads, hospitals and residential houses have helped to ease poverty levels in the formerly war- ravaged African country.

Cargill said the idea that China is big and is therefore taking advantage of Africa is wrong.

"Africa is like any other player in the world today, with its own interests to take care of and has the capacity to negotiate better deals."By David Musyoka, Xinhua
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