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Out of Africa

China is reintroducing a bit of geopolitical competition to Africa, and undermining western "conditionality." And watch out for Kenya's transport minister

By Richard Dowden   October 2005

China comes to Africa Without any aid or World Bank poverty reduction strategy papers, one country is bringing more people out of poverty than the rest of the world put together: China. Is a mix of authoritarian government, rampant capitalism and vast inequality really the best way to propel pre-industrial societies out of poverty in the 21st century? The aid industry must be worried. Have the decades spent struggling to pin down a development model based on democracy and liberal economic reform been a waste of time? 

China will also have more effect on Africa than any other external power…

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