Reporting for the Atlantic, Howard French traveled by train from Tanzania to Zambia via the Tazara railway, which at the time it was built by the Chinese in the 1970s was the third largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in Africa. On a journey to witness and assess China’s current role as Africa’s key benefactor, French found that China’s condition-less stance on aid distribution reinforces some of the ills of an earlier colonial era, prompting people to begin to question how much better off they’ll truly be once China has come and gone. The author of A Continent for the Taking, French is one of the keenest international observers of the African scene. His article deftly combines deft storytelling with strong analysis and a strong sense of Africa from the ground up.
May 08 2010
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