China has no appetite to colonise Africa - ANC

2015-09-21 14:15
Ayanda Dlodlo. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg - China does not have the appetite to colonise Africa, ANC legislature and governance subcommittee member Ayanda Dlodlo said on Monday.

"But besides the appetite I think we are a vigilant lot of leaders who will not succumb to any attempts," she told reporters in Johannesburg during an engagement on the party's National General Council documents.

"I don't think any country after being colonialised (sic) for so many years will agree to be colonialised (sic) ever again."

There had been growing public concern regarding China's influence on South Africa, especially in light of Mandarin being introduced into the school curriculum.

Dlodlo said the country had a strong civil society which also would not allow that to happen.

International relations subcommittee chairperson Obed Bapela added that unlike the European Union and the United States, China was not "arrogant" when it came to discussions regarding trading with Africa.

There were times when African leaders disagreed with China and raised issues.

"China is a listening partner and not as arrogant as the others," he said.

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