African children at risk because of bad food and fake medicine imported from China
Hundreds of people are dying while thousands more get sick daily due to an unproductive China-Africa trade and investment relationship over the past few years. According to a recent Globe Afrique’s fact-finding, China supplies over 60 percent of food and medicine to African nations, and those products are causing dangerous effects on poor Africans.
China’s rapid economic growth and expanding middle class is fueling an extraordinary need for resources. The economic powerhouse focuses on securing the long-term energy supplies needed to sustain its industrialization, searching for secure access to oil supplies and other raw materials around the globe, especially in Africa.
As part of this exertion, China looks to Africa. Through weighty investment in a continent known for political and security risks, China has been advancing African oil and mining sectors in exchange for advantageous trade deals that are unproductive and insecure for Africans.
Chinese companies are also diversifying their business pursuits in Africa, in infrastructure, manufacturing, telecommunications, and agricultural sectors. However, China’s activity in Africa is facing growing criticisms from Western and African civil society groups over its controversial business practices, as well as its failure to promote good governance and human rights, in supplying bad food and medicinal products.
Yet, several African governments appear to be content with China’s policy. At the same time, Beijing’s complex relationship with the continent has challenged its policy of noninterference in the affairs of African governments.
In its unsurmountable quest to secure resources, China currently engages in a form of commercial diplomacy that most other countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Australia cannot match.
But what concern most analysts on African issues is the growing supply of bad food, medicine and other fake manufacturing products to countries in Africa.
Although China and Africa collectively comprises more than a third of the world’s population. China is Africa’s largest trading partner and an important source of investment and aid. As a result, the China-Africa relationship has significant implications for global food security.
Neither China, with 1.4 billion people, nor the 54 countries of Africa together, with 1.1 billion people, are food self-sufficient. Although they both export food, they have become net food importers.
What is expected of China though is to ensure food security for Africa and the people of the 54 independent countries on the continent.