IN RECENT YEARS, China has been stepping up efforts to secure natural resources from African countries in exchange for massive aid and investment.
In its single-minded effort to secure energy resources from African countries, China has kept silent about iron-fisted rule and the suppression of human rights in these nations. Beijing’s diplomatic approach has aroused deep distrust among Japan, the United States and European nations.
Even some African nations have also become increasingly cautious about China’s diplomatic drive. In recent years, China’s exports to Africa have greatly exceeded its imports from that part of the world, as shown by a deluge of Chinese clothes and electrical home appliances flooding African markets. This has been coupled with a massive influx of Chinese into Africa because of their country’s foreign aid.
The critical attitude taken by the international community toward China must be seen as a reaction to Beijing’s aid-for-resources diplomatic drive. China has never disclosed information about how and where its foreign aid is used.
This has aroused global concern about China’s external assistance, which has increased by 20 percent annually in recent years. China must face this stark fact.