12) Compare and contrast European colonial interests and contemporary Chinese interests in Africa.
From perspective, are we justified in drawing a parallel between the two? Why or why not?
And how are contemporary European and North American interests in Africa relevant to this
Interests in Africa by economic powers began centuries ago with the Europeans as a form of
direct colonialism. Decades after independence, countries are still flooding to Africa in order to
profit from its natural resources. During colonialism in Africa, China was living in obscurity and
had little ambition in expanding its influence beyond its border. China’s extraordinary presence
in Africa has been likened to neo-colonisation of Africa, but more humane than the colonial
system of Europe. This essay will compare and contrast the colonial interests of Europe during
colonization and China’s contemporary interests in Africa. This essay will also discredit any
parallel drawn between Europe and China’s interests in Africa as well as the relevance of
European and North American to this debate.
Africa is undoubtedly rich in natural and human resources, which have been the selling point for
major economic powers to either forcefully, make their way into the continent or systematically
exploit the continent. Europe was attracted to Africa for resources because most Europeans
countries lacked the natural resources to cater for their respective populations. Determined to
solve the pending epidemic, colonial powers determined to aggressively exploit Africa for its
resources with little or remittance to Africa. Europe’s interest in Africa was solely based on the
further development of Europe and the systemic subordination of Africa to Europe, which later
gave birth to slavery. Europe’s interest