China has invested billions in infrastructure projects around the world, using its economic clout to win potential allies and secure natural resources. It has thereby mostly eschewed values like democracy and human rights, which the United States and international development assistance programs have long sought to promote. Will Chinese no-strings-attached investments ultimately benefit the populations of developing countries? Shanghai-based journalist Brook Larmer traveled to Namibia, where Chinese economic presence has grown rapidly in recent years, to talk to Namibian citizens and government officials about their experiences with their country’s powerful trading partner.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why China has started to invest heavily in the developing world,
- What projects China has already undertaken in Namibia and
- How China’s investments are affecting some African locals.
About the Author
Brook Larmer is a Shanghai-based journalist and writer. He is the author of Operation Yao Ming.