Wednesday, August 19, 2009

China Safari: On the trail of Beijing's Expansion in Africa

China Safari: On the trail of Beijing's Expansion in Africa
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Nation Books (June 29, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1568584261
ISBN-13: 978-1568584263

Here's the blurb:
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.

Just got this to review and will post my review at when I'm finished.

Here's an audio on public radio

Here's an interview with democracy now

About the authors:
Serge Michel, 40, was till recently West Africa Correspondent for the French newspaper Le Monde. Michel has worked as a journalist in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans and is now based in Geneva. He won the Albert Londres Prize, France's most prestigious journalistic award, for his work in Iran and is the founder of the Bondy Blog, a citizen journalism project in the suburbs of Paris. Michel has written for Aperture, Fortune, Foreign Policy, The Independent and The Sunday Times.

Michel Beuret, 39, has been writing on China and Africa for 15 years. He first went to China in 1993 and has written extensively on migration and people trafficking in both in China and Europe. After the French riots of November 2005, he set up the Bondy Blog together with Serge Michel, which quickly became one of France’s most influential blogs. At present Beuret is Foreign Editor of the prominent Swiss magazine L’Hebdo.

Paolo Woods, 39, is an award-winning photographer dedicated to long-term projects that blend documentary photography with investigative journalism. His work is regularly published in Time, Newsweek, Le Monde, Geo and many other international publications. He has published three books with Serge Michel and is currently working on a new project on Iran.

Here's a review at Washington Post

Here's a youtube video on one of China's successes in Africa.
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