Latest News:  
Beijing   Overcast/Moderate rain    9 / 12 ℃  City Forecast

English>>Foreign Affairs

Chinese work culture putting it at odds with local employees

(Global Times)

08:44, October 29, 2012

China, the world's second largest economy, has become Africa's largest trading partner. But it's a reality that many are increasingly wary of Chinese investment in the continent.

Some Western media outlets have criticized China's presence as being a form of neocolonialism that is bent on extracting African resources and expanding its political influence. Such criticism stems from three concerns.

The first is the Western elite's protectionism regarding its economic interests. For centuries, the West has considered Africa as its own investment region. While China's investment in Africa is rapidly growing, it is much less than that of the West. However, it has created a sense of insecurity in the West.

The second concern rises from a contrast between Western "Afro-Pessimism" and the Chinese view of Africa as a continent of opportunities. Although the West has been present in Africa for a few hundred years, they have considered it a region with no hope. However, China has found many business opportunities in Africa, which somehow irritates Westerners.

Still another concern is that in the past few decades, the West has resorted to the Washington Consensus as an ideological principle for global governance. China did not fully abide by the Washington Consensus in its domestic economic development or in its assistance to Africa and its investment there. These pose a challenge to the West's dominant ideology for global governance.

Western analysts tend to see China as a bossy patron, while my observation is that most Africans welcome Chinese investment as long as that investment creates decent job opportunities for them.

【1】 【2】

Most viewed commentaries
Most viewed commentaries
Will China and US fall into limited confrontation? China's rise, a major topic for US presidential debate Japan should treat blue water training of PLA navy rationally
Who is sowing discord between China and India? Japan's miscalculation in urging US to suppress China How is China-basing in US presidential race different this time


Related Reading

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Weekly review of military photos

  2. Astronomy pictures of the week

  3. Russian aerobatic team

  4. Sexy girls in China's national pole dancing team

  5. A glimpse of hard security guard training

  6. Wal-Mart to open 100 more stores in China

  7. Acrobatic Art Festival kicks off

  8. Mystery man can fly.It's true!

Most Popular


  1. Kindergarten abuse cases becoming major worry
  2. Reform required for China's economic growth
  3. External markets crucial for business success
  4. Fears that yuan rise will hit exports unfounded
  5. Tax reform crucial to stable growth
  6. No sharp decline for property prices
  7. Japan to bear consequence of breaking promise
  8. How to hard sell China's soft power
  9. Commentary: China's top spot for global FDI
  10. Commentary: Remedies for economic challenges

What’s happening in China

Last 12 hours before execution of female prisoners

  1. Beijing toughens road measures for CPC congress
  2. Exhibition on China's progress opens in Beijing
  3. Apple iPhone 5 on sale in China by December
  4. Panda habitat to be built in Sichuan
  5. Timekeeper jailed after ringing bell early at exam