In the past decade, China has become a prominent global power. In 2010, the Chinese economy bypassed Japan, becoming the second largest in the world. The country has achieved impressive economic growth, through a combination of economic liberalization and strong political leadership. Beijing authorities have developed an economic model to rival the western. The critics are numerous: labor unions cite weak protection of workers’ rights, environmentalists demand a stronger focus on climate change, and human rights activists call attention to repeated attacks on the principles of democracy and the rule of law.
What can we say about these allegations? In this briefing Hanna Schanke, Master candidate in Development and Natural Resource Economics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and freelance writer with varied experience from Africa, explains.
Download the briefing here: China in Africa