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>This is not about colonialism, but about post colonial policy.|
No, it is you who ardently desires to make the topic exclude colonialism. Because of course any consideration of that subject leads to "uncomfortable" facts for you. But any rational person understands that Africa's current condition is simply the culmination of hundreds of years of mismanagement, conflict and yes, COLONIALIZATION.
>This attitude to support dictators in order to get a better access to the local wealth.
Oh, you mean the support that the West has provided to Saudi Arabia, in order to get access to its oil. Yes, indeed everyone is familiar with that. Or are you speaking of coup de tats that the US has maneuvered throughout Latin and South America in order to maintain friendly faces for its economic and "strategic" interests? Well, we are more than ready to talk about that.
>China is doing the same than the West in Africa. In the meantime, you guys refuse to admit it and denounce past colonialism from the West.
You give a good lesson of hypocrisy to the world.
On the contrary. If you had bothered to look just a few inches above your post you'd see for yourself. Of course China is advancing its economic interests. Did you expect China to sabatoge its own economic interests? And of course China denouces past colonialism from the West. Are you saying you do NOT? Are you saying that the 5 million killed by Belgium in the Congo is not worth denouncing? Either man up and admit that was a horrible crime, don't admit it and put on a criminal suit, or shut up and go away. Those are really your only choices.
And as far as hypocracy goes, if both the West and China are looking out for their own interests, and you have admitted as much, why are you complaining about China's activity in Africa? I see no Chinese complaining about the West's current economic activity in Africa. But you complain about China's current activity. Sure, Chinese complain about those instances when the West killed or enslaved millions of Africans, but those are different activities. Unless of course you are going to claim that the genocide in central Africa and slavery campaigns in west Africa are equivalent to China's current activity. And if you do, then by your own admission, that genocide and slavery is then equivalent to the West's current economic activity in Africa as well.
The bottom line is this: when China sucessfully enters areas of Africa using for-profit-business ventures, the West complains that China is exploiting Africans. When China gifts Africans with not-for-profit foreign aid, the West complains that China is buying influence. This flip flopping makes clear that what the West is complaining about is simply China's success. The West has a long history of also using both for-profit and not-for-profit strategies in Africa. But it simply hasn't been very successful. Too bad. You are allowed to try again. But whining about how China is beating the West at its own game is a river of tears that will sprout no fruit.