One thing that European and American pundits don’t see is that China’s investment strategy in a pan-African future is not old European colonialism but it is a uniquely Chinese way to invest: Put forth the money towards a good idea with no strings attached and trade will happen anyway.
And, it will. It’s a win-win, even for outside investors.
From what I’ve seen so far, these investments are in new roads that did not exist before, hydro-power and other things that any developing economy would consider beneficial.
In short, I’m fine with it. I wish I still had my investment portfolio, in which I had a large amount in the African continent — and it did very well so no complaints on that – for I think soon it will skyrocket if it hasn’t already.