Submitted by globalmon on Fri, 06/12/2009 - 00:00
Edited by Anthony Yaw Baah and Herbert Jauch
Published by African Labour Research Network
Date: May 2009
The many problems associated with Chinese companies in Africa should not be seen in isolation from the broader challenge of dealing with the consequences of neoliberal globalisation, which places economic growth above all social considerations. The trade patterns that characterised Africa’s relations with Europe and the USA are replicated to a significant extent in the Sino-African relations. Thus the quality of the economic relations needs to be altered substantially if Africa is to benefit in future. The global economic crisis provides trade unions with an opportunity to intensify advocacy campaigns for alternative policies to the neo-liberal agenda with a view of placing redistribution and Africa’s development priorities at the centre of all external relations.