Synopses & Reviews
China has now taken Great Britains place as Africas third largest business partner. Where others only see chaos, the Chinese see opportunities. With no colonial past and no political preconditions, China is bringing investment and needed infrastructure to a continent that has been largely ignored by Western companies or nations.
Traveling from Beijing to Khartoum, Algiers to Brazzaville, the authors tell the story of Chinas economic ventures in Africa. What they find is tantamount to a geopolitical earthquake: The possibility that China will help Africa direct its own fate and finally bring light to the so-called dark continent,” making it a force to be reckoned with internationally.
“Through a witty narrative that at times becomes a first-person travelogue, the authors entertain while educating, revealing in the process the absurdities that come with reporting on the ground in Africa...[A]n admirable contribution to a story with broad geopolitical implications.”
“A significant book that insightfully examines China’s role in Africa, China Safari reveals not only the complexities of Chinese immigration to Africa, but also the political rivalries that result from it…Recommended for all interested readers.”
New York Times
“China Safari is a fascinating, provocative work of firsthand reporting that illuminates an important global economic story.”
“China Safari tackles an important and largely underreported topic with an engaging and lively verve…Mr. Michel and Mr. Beuret make an important contribution, without passing judgment, toward our understanding of China’s intentions in Africa.”
The dramaticand largely unknownstory of the rise of Chinas economic empire in Africa and how it will transform geopolitics
China Safari tells the extraordinaryand largely unknownstory of the rise of Chinas economic empire in Africa and how it will change the twenty-first century. China is Africas second largest business partner, with trade now at more than $100 billion a year, and growing. Where others see chaos, corruption, and endless civil war, the Chinese see opportunities. But is China starting to repeat the imperial arrogance of earlier colonial powers?
About the Author
has written for Foreign Policy
, The Independent
, and the Sunday Times
. He is West Africa Correspondent for Le Monde
Michel Beuret is the founder of Bondy Blog (one of Frances top three most influential blogs). He is the Foreign Editor of Switzerlands LHebdo.
Paolo Woods' photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, LeMonde, and other publications. He has received various prizes, including a World Press Photo.