There are few countries in the world with as huge economic ambition as China. The country's growth rate skyrocketed in the last three decades making it the second largest money making country in the world inching very close to the United States. Its aggressive investment strategy has raised many eyebrows and several organizations have come forward questioning its raison d'être.
Joe Bisha, chairperson State 55, cautions against Chinese hyper economic activity and accuses it of having a "retrogressive approach" towards countries where it squeezes out billions. He rejects China's claims of "investment with no strings attached" and challenges the aid for development model.
"The roads being built by China is for transporting rich mineral resources from the country for its own benefits", he says.
China is Africa's largest trading partner. In the last couple of decades the trade between these two partners has grown forty fold crossing $200 billion dollars. Thousands of kilometers of roads have been built and huge factories are being set up in the region generating employment opportunities for the indigenous people.
Joe vehemently disagrees and asks China to come clean on the "allegations of intimidating local workers" who are "paid unfairly and treated badly" by the companies.
Human rights violations have been a long standing argument against Chinese model of development. China faces a challenge to balance its fiscal gains with foreign policy as it would come easily under the global radar in case of a gross violation outside its premises.
What attracts China to Africa is its own requirements of raw materials for maintaining growth and fulfilling the demands of the market back at home. This leads to offering as much cash as it could to the African nations but is that money resulting in the emancipation of the penurious people in any shape or form? Joe laments the "rampant corruption and serious differences among each other" that keeps Africa divided and allows foreign powers to "take advantage".
Recently, the Chinese President Xi-Jinping visited four African countries including Rwanda where the countries signed dozens of deals with each other and China pledging to help the industry and infrastructure development. The flagship 'belt and road initiative' requires an expansion of its trade territory and the Chinese government is pacing towards it yet the journey doesn't seem smooth ahead.
"We are going to stand against any country that eyes our resources and leaves us in destitution", says Joe, who is soon to start a campaign for a balanced trade between Africa and China.