ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperBusiness /OpinionEconomyPolicy WatchChina DataCompaniesMarketsIndustriesOpinionMotoringGadgetsGreen ChinaStrength of resonance between Africa, ChinaBy Bob Wekesa(China Daily)Updated:2014-05-05 08:19
Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallThe Chinese Dream put forth by President Xi Jinping has captured the hearts and minds of people in China, and to a large extent in Africa. The fervor to embrace the Chinese Dream is understandable, as it seeks to provide a life of prosperity for people in which they can become whatever they choose to be.The Chinese Dream is perhaps the most relevant in Africa as it seeks new ways to empower people after several years of socio-economic underdevelopment. It is also interesting to note that the Chinese Dream seeks to build on the achievements of the earlier generations of Chinese leaders. There is also a historical trajectory on the implications of the Chinese Dream on the African continent. Chinese Dream in Western Eyes China-Africa trade moves up  Chairman Mao Zedong and his compatriots, notably premier Zhou Enlai laid the foundation for modern China in much the same way African leaders such as Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Kwame Nkurumah of Ghana, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Sam Nujoma of Namibia, Patrice Lumumba of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Milton Obote in Uganda saw off colonialism and instituted self rule. To appreciate the confluence of the Chinese Dream and African aspirations along the same lines, one needs to go back in time and look at how the liberation struggles in China and in Africa have panned out.One perspective that history has recorded is that China contributed to the liberation struggle in several African countries in the understanding that both regions had undergone more or less similar experiences under variants of European colonialism and imperialism. Thus the antecedents of the Chinese Dream and what it portends for Africa – as natural global south allies – should be traced to the 1950s through to 1990 when the last African country – South Africa – was liberated.Deng Xiaopings well-known dictum of a “good cat being the one that catches mice regardless of whether its black or white” aptly captured Chinas experimentation with sweeping reforms. Dubbed socialism with Chinese characteristics, the market-oriented theories and policies lifted millions of Chinese people from poverty and put the worlds most populous nation on course to be a global economic giant. Unfortunately the period when the Chinese people were achieving their economic aspiration is also the period when most, if not all, African countries were facing huge economic challenges arising out of the failed so-called Washington Consensus policies.Thus, while the ground was being forged throughout the 1980s and 1990s for the Chinese Dream to gain traction in the second decade of the 21st century, African people were facing the nightmares of civil wars and economic underdevelopment.Previous Page1 2 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 Next Page8.03KRelated StoriesChinese Dream in Western EyesStructuring the dreams of ChineseNamibia ready for Chinese investmentAfricans happy with Chinese investments: surveySouth Africas trade with China surges by 32% in 2013Africa becoming hot destination for investmentPhotoFacebook to provide cross-platform tools for developersHuge mist cannons attract people in LanzhouTop 10 best-selling video game consolesEggs for goldBuffett at Berkshire Hathaways shareholders meeting 2014Top 10 worlds highest-paid athletesChina Economy By NumbersChina Economy by Numbers – Dec China Economy by Numbers – Nov NewsmakerBowling the Chinese over Yi Gang joins finance and economic affairs groupMost ViewedTodays Top NewsBaosteel, Aurizon offer $1b for Aquila ResourcesNew nuclear generating unit operational in East ChinaChinas manufacturing weakens, but at slower paceProfitability of Chinas listed firms rebounds in 2013China factory activity shrinks in AprilChinas first mobile virtual operator launches businessIndias smarter-shopping PhenomChina cartoon festival see $2.2b transactionHot TopicsTaxi booking appInternet finance12306.cnHousing priceWeChat4GChina MobileIPOs resumptionEditors PicksTop 10 worlds highest-paid athletes Best places in Beijing for night-view Top 10 largest stock exchanges Overseas returnees strive for dreams SpecialsThe changing face of Chinas workforceFoxconn: 4 years onGDP slowdown doesnt surprise many…Media : |State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs|QQ International|Peopleforum||Partners : |State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs|QQ International|Peopleforum||Portals : |||Sina|Sohu|Tom|Tencent|NetEase|Hexun|Organizations : |China US Focus|FrenCham|CPAFFC|CPIFA||eBeijing|AmCham|SwissCham BJ|…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |Copyright 1995 -. 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