Stephen W. Smith: China in Africa
19 March 2015
Show More China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa by Howard French.
Knopf, 285 pp., £22.50, June 2014, 978 0 307 95698 9Show More
“... highway between Brazzaville and Pointe Noire in record time, ‘after ten years of waiting for our Western partners to get off the ground’, as President Sassou N’Guesso still complains. In Mali, the scheme of irrigating 1.2 million hectares – a target set long ago by the French coloniser – no longer seems a mirage; in 2011, Ghana obtained $3 billion, the first tranche of a $13 billion ...”