In 2009, China became the main trading partner of Africa, and such trend is thought to continue in the foreseeable future. This was an analysis by Dr Yong Cheon Song, Chair, Universal Peace Federation Europe, during a conference held at the House of Lords on Wednesday 23/5/12 in London.
UPF chairman described the relationship between Africa and China as detrimental to an appropriate approach to development of the African continent.
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Though Africans should also be critical of the way external partners get involved in the development of their continent, if they were forced to choose, the Chinese model of cooperation would be preferable to the one promoted to Africa by Western countries.