AfricaNow! May 31, 2017
Topics: Africa-China Relations Today; and Remembrance as A Liberating Force
Topics and Guests: Today as AfricaNow! continues to highlight the International Decade for People of African Descent—which is from January 2015 to December 31, 2024—we will discuss how remembrance can be a catalyst to liberation. The show is also presented in the context of African Liberation Day which was May 25. Joining AfricaNow! in this conversation is Ms. Eurica Huggins Axum, Co-Founder and Director of International Affairs, African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration Institute (ADACI).
The official hand over to Kenya today of the 293 miles (472 km) Chinese financed and constructed Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) is a further testament of the continuing strengthening ties between Africa and China today. The railway will eventually connect Kenya with Uganda replacing the old line built during colonial rule. Modern-day Africa-China relations have a longer, complex history than often described; examples include: China played an important role in supporting the fight against colonialism in Africa and the liberation movements in southern Africa; the historic railway that connected Lusaka with Dar es Salaam in 1976; and the African continent was a key block in supporting the People’s Republic of China replacing Taiwan at the UN. At a recent conference at Howard University the complexity of the Africa-China relations was highlighted. The conference’s theme was “The World and Africa in the 21st Century—China, The West and Economic Interventions in the African Continent A Conference in the Tradition of W.E.B. Du Bois;” and was presented by the Center of African Studies, Department of Economics and Department of African Studies. Today AfricaNow! features portions of two presentations at the gathering. The show starts with Professor Barry Sautman of Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology discussing “Differences at the Margin: Understanding the Chinese Presence in Africa.” This presentation will be followed by Professor Almaz Zewde of Department of African Studies, Howard University discussing “Western Development Orthodoxy and China-Africa Engagement.”
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