China flourishing in African vacuum

A journalistÆs account of his African experience shows how Western blunders opened the door for China.

It is logical that a pug-faced and shy Polish journalist, Ryszard Kapuscinski, should set the scene for ChinaÆs successful expansion in Africa in his book The Shadow of the Sun. It takes a man whose country lost 15% of its population to both the Nazis and the Soviets to cope with and analyse the horrors which seem to have always been part of ælifeÆ in Africa.

Ignorance of Africa is surprisingly widespread. About five years ago, an economist at...

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