JAMES: Chinese model presents many pitfalls for African states


By KAY COLES JAMES
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The recent Forum on China Africa Cooperation has ended. Held in Beijing, these annual extravaganzas are part of China’s African engagement strategy.

One key goal: to showcase China as a country worthy of emulation and support.

There is reason to admire parts of China’s recent success. Its move toward greater economic freedom, while limited, has helped millions of Chinese rise out of poverty and created what is now the world’s second largest economy.

Yet there is reason to be wary of Beijing’s claims that its developmental paradigm is best suited to bring peace and prosperity to Africa.

The Chinese model couples some economic freedom with repressive governance.

It was born of Beijing’s belief that democracy was a threat to the power of its ruling…

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