China in Africa - for whose benefit?

Interests and impacts explored

On March 30, 2017, Henning Melber (Nordic Africa Institute) presented on the nuances of China's activities in Africa.  While most media frame China as a neocolonial power exploiting the African continent, Melber explained how Chinese engagement is in fact almost the same as that of Western nations.  As he explained it, Chinese presence is like "old wine in a new bottle".  Melber then went on to describe Chinese activities in Namibia within the context of the Chinese-Namibian "all-weather friendship".