Wednesday, February 24, 2010
What the Focac?! An amusing take on the West's moralizing about Chinese companies "dancing with dictators" in Africa while the West puts its best efforts into protecting the fragile region. I can only imagine the British mercenary Simon Mann (convicted for the quixotic attempt to foment a coup in Equatorial Guinea -- Mann claims that Maggie's son Mark Thatcher recruited him) or Pierre Falcone and Jean-Christophe Mitterrand (convicted in a French court of illegal arms sales, kickbacks, embezzlement in the "Angolagate" case) saying they are shocked, shocked to see what the Chinese are prepared to do.
Follow me on Twitter @D_Brautigam. Professor and Director, International Development Program, Johns Hopkins University/SAIS; Visiting Professor, University of Bergen, Norway; and author of The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford U. Press, 2009, 2011). A China scholar, I first went to Africa in 1983 to research Chinese engagement and never stopped. © Deborah Brautigam 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.