For the past couple of weeks, during my commute, I’ve caught glimpses of a specific pair of adverts through the windows of the Tube. It’s taken a while for the adverts to be rolled out along the Northern Line, but on Wednesday I was finally able to get a look at them properly: it’s a pair of posters for The Economist, which focus on China’s policies and activities in Africa…
The Economist Posters, Chalk Farm Tube Station (Northern Line)
The posters offer either the beneficial or negative impact of China’s Africa policies:
I thought the presence of this advertising campaign (creepy skull-like transformation of Africa notwithstanding) was interesting. It also generated the spark for this post. I decided it might be a good idea to offer a little bit more of a survey of some recent China-Africa coverage, and share some handy links for people who would like to read more on the subject for themselves.
Coverage is pretty easy to split into “More Positive” and “More Negative” information, but many (not quite enough to be “most”) articles do offer a mix of reportage, explaining China’s positive influence and impact on the African nations and communities it does business with, and also the less positive impacts. This primer divides along those lines, and is followed by a short Further Reading list.