China in Africa: The New Colonialism?
Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Although Africa needs sustained investment and engagement from members of the international community, China has been largely a negative actor in the region for some time. China’s actions and activities on the continent have one main focus: China’s bottom-line. Beijing has for years propped up kleptocrats and autocrats in order to extract as many resources as it can. What’s more, China is building military relationships and partnering with one-party states, often to the detriment of good governance, the rule of law, and the African people themselves. China must cease its harmful actions and instead play a constructive role in development and security on the continent.”