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O Safari Chinês - Pequim à Conquista do Continente Negro

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"África deixou de ser um continente à deriva. O interesse da China pelas suas matérias-primas mudou as regras do jogo. Daí que o continente negro conheça actualmente um crescimento sem precedentes e volte a suscitar todas as cobiças. Desta vez, as centenas de milhares de chineses que para lá se precipitam levam já bastante avanço. Seduzem os ditadores ao investirem sem fal ...more
Paperback, , 322 pages
Published April 2009 by Dom Quixote (first published 2008)
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In community development research everything starts with the entering of a village/small town. There are several signs indicating the well-being of the inhabitants. The first one is to observe the center of town. In South Africa it still is, and was, clearly evident who historically established the town by looking at the buildings in the center. Afrikaners centered a town around a church, since freedom of religion and movement were all they aspired to and to escap
Oct 18, 2009 ashok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book. Was expecting a highly critical book about the Chinese role in Afria. Refreshingly instead, this book stands back and takes a look at the bigger picture. Unhindered by colonial guilt, the chinese have made themselves an unstoppable force in Africa. While the west sees Africa primarily through the prism of aid and handouts -- the chinese see only business.

This book revolves around interviews and stories of Chinese businesses and workers, the writer travels to the source in Chin
Jeffrey Cavanaugh
While a bit dated for such fast-changing topic, the authors' work nonetheless paint a picture of a continent quickly being economically penetrated - some would say colonized - by China. If you are in any way interested in the latest incarnation of The Great Game, this is probably a must read.
Apr 15, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book written by French journalists who spent a year in a few African countries for personal interview with various China enterprises, private business, China conglomerates to discover Africa nowadays with a heavy dose of heavy China scent. i) Authors are very humorous to point out objectively that Europeans who used to fuck up Africa in looting the resources, and now China does the same thing ii) This is not a book written by often, if not many, subjective American authors who only wri ...more
Nov 06, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
Swiss journalists Serge Michel and Michel Beuret spent a couple of years touring much of Africa talking with Chinese construction workers, merchants and miners where they could find them--which was just about everywhere--and getting a ground level view of how the People's Republic of China is investing in and buying up resources, hiring African workers and setting up companies. They combined hundreds of interviews, uncounted hours of observation and a raft of secondary sources in creating China ...more
John Rouse
I just finished reading “China Safari: on the trail of Beijing's expansion in Africa” (2010) by Serge Michel and Paolo Woods. The amount of facts and figures these two journalist authors were able to pull together on China’s growing investment and business activities on the continent is impressive. Even more remarkable is that they have done it in a entertaining way. The driving force behind this expansion of interest appears to be China’s rapidly growing appetite for non-renewable energy and mi ...more
Franco Olcese
Feb 04, 2013 Franco Olcese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quand j'ai reçu le livre, j'ai attendé un livre très critique vers la Chine et un point de vue rempli de peur vers le pays asiatique (standard point of view i found in France). Mais, les auteurs essayent d'être objetifs. Ils donnent une responsabilité (soit des choses positives soit des negatives) aux gouvernements africaines, point de vue que je trouve intéressantes. Bref, ça vaut le coup, il est bien écrit et plein des entretiens aux parti prenante.
Oct 28, 2014 Michel marked it as ebooks  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michel by: Margitte
Shelves: cultures, pol
I look forward to reading this book.
I remember being shown in Grenada the Chinese-built bridges, and hospital and power-plant. While we dole out guilt-money (or send in the Marines when their democracy veered too far to the left), the Chinese offer real help, no strings attached. Of course they have an ulterior motive, but meanwhile, they bring progress.
I am sure the US and Europe have a lesson to learn from their African policy.
Jul 30, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, china
This is the first book that I have come across discussing China's growing investments in Africa. While many people seem vaguely aware that China is sponsoring a growing number of "aid" or development projects in Africa, this book points out China's growing investments in Africa's real estate and natural resources and considers the possible long term implications.
Ankit Agrawal
Two journalists set out on a trail of Africa to investigate what China has been upto in the last decade. They come up with an image of a continent that's grateful as well as uneasy regarding China's long-term ambitions and its growing clout. China's attention has brought its wake renewed interest from western powers anxious not to miss out on the party and counter Chinese influence in the region.
Apr 18, 2013 Lynette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking read that called up questions about the west's approach to growing Africa through international aid premised on achieving human rights milestones. Versus a more capitalist approach of business first, executed by a widely recogniZed communist country. Is china still communist and on what counts? Food for thought.
Apr 18, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is sarcastic, but since it is written by French journalist, I believe some of the opinions towards China are very western-manipulated, and it is a little exaggerating and biased. Yet it is a critical book that is nice for people who wants to “peep into” the complex and tangled relations between China government and also societal influence with Africa.
Sep 16, 2009 Silky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this is nowhere near as critical as it should be. some of the stories are interesting, but the writing isn't great (could have been lost in translation). if you know nothing about china's interests in africa, then maybe it is worth a read.
A good, and measured analysis of China's foray into Africa. Problem with books of this nature is that they are already 'dated' when they appear in print. Not sure if English translation has been updated with more current events.
May 27, 2011 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book! I often felt it was lacking continuity and that is was obvious that the book's writing was split between two authors. Some parts were wonderfully sarcastic and wry and then the next chapter would be written in the voice of an article from Newsweek or something.
May 06, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating book. I knew nothing about China's interactions with Africa and this was eye-opening. Like all good books it has provoked more interest and I will look for other books on this topic. Interesting from a business, cultural and political perspective.
Seth D Michaels
Jul 07, 2011 Seth D Michaels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-affairs
Sino-colonialism in Africa fascinates me, this is a good, personality-rich set of scenes from the Sino-colonial world. Would love to see a status update as of today, after the political turmoil that led to new regimes in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and South Sudan.
Dec 12, 2010 Juha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in international development politics.
China's incursions into Africa are a hot topic these days. I found this book to be quite balanced, based as it is on the authors' travels to Africa and to China and interviews with people from different sides of the relationship.
Jun 12, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book with a fresh perspective that I had not seen fully expressed in US centric media.
Jul 16, 2009 Clarke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china
just picked this up, after reading Thomas Crampton's review
Ivan Kapersky
Oct 17, 2014 Ivan Kapersky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
I was expectig more information regarding how chinase related and interact with the africans,the book focus on the adventures of the authors through Africa.
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