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China refutes "land grab" claims in Africa


18:32, December 08, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday refuted claims that it has been buying up land in Africa, calling for "concrete" efforts to help the continent's agricultural sector develop in a sustainable way.

"China always seeks food self-sufficiency through its own domestic output," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular press briefing.

Instead of grabbing land in Africa, China has been providing as much technical assistance as it can to help develop agriculture there and enhance the continent's capability of using its natural resources and addressing issues such as climate change and food security, Hong said.

"Those efforts are welcomed by the African nations," he added.

In response to a question on neo-colonialism, Hong said that "there is indeed neo-colonialism in Africa, but absolutely not from China." The spokesman did not identify which countries are the neo-colonialists.

"African countries have widely reached a consensus on this issue," Hong said, quoting South African President Jacob Zuma who had said that describing China's engagement with Africa as "neo-colonialism" was untruthful.

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wende at 2011-12-0971.251.41.*
To buy a piece a land legally and with the owner"s consent does not constitute "land grab". Land grab connotes taking a land by force and without proper compensation (all without the consent of the owner)
Observer at 2011-12-09203.177.74.*
Hmmmm...the things we accuse others of we practice. Economic Hegemony is hegemony by any name.
wende at 2011-12-0971.251.41.*
US and the west are just green with envy. They look at Africa as a treasure in their pocket. They are a bunch of "sour grapes".

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