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on 3 February 2015
A good look from ground level at what Chinese influence in Africa looks like. Perhaps a bit biased, but I can allow him that given he has spent significant time in both places. Interesting to see the different views of Chinese that are in Africa in an official capacity and those that are there for their own purposes. Worth reading.
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on 9 March 2015
I was looking forward to this book. But it turned out to be a bit shallow. Some rather general statistical data with a fairly limited amount of insider reports. Can one really reconstruct China's involvement in Mozambique by talking to one person only... I am not sure. But it general, it is an easy and interesting read.
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on 29 May 2014
When someone mentions the migration, our first association is usually America for all those who over the centuries came to this promised land full of opportunities or Europe for all the people who today still using different ways, mostly from Asia and Africa, are trying to reach the continent that guarantees them security and a better life. But think of Africa as a country in which people are massively moving in, for most people will be completely unknown, except for those who are more familiar with the situation on black continent.

One such man is Howard French, former NY Times correspondent from China and Africa who in his book ‘China's Second Continent’ is telling an interesting story about Africa becoming second continent in the number of Chinese who live in it. French in his book speaks about the second, more human side of Chinese presence in African societies, talking about the changes that it already has, and in particular that will have on the future of Africa.

He spent a lot of time researching for this book, so it is no surprise that on the pages of his book he managed to present numerous cases of Chinese immigrants, of those extremely wealthy, to those who came from China without anything, uneducated, but still believing that Africa offers them better opportunities than their overpopulated homeland.

It is interesting to see that even though we live in the 21st century, many of the historical lessons learned at the time of the mass settling of America is today repeated in Africa, such as colonial exploration of nature resources and human labor or projects on which are those in charge trying to save beyond reasonable measure.

Therefore French work is in same time interesting and fascinating, both because of representation what Africa is today because of Chinese, and even more so because of what it can be concluded that will happen tomorrow. In this sense, author managed to show not only industrial and cultural changes in Africa that are in progress due to the influence of Chinese, but also raise some interesting questions about the future cooperation of Africa and China as potential future force that together could rule the world by combining their resources, knowledge and apparent inexhaustible willingness.

As a result, French book ‘China's Second Continent’ is very interesting non-fiction release that is certainly worth time spent on reading this well-made and intriguing work.
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on 1 January 2016
Loved every page of this book. Written in my opinion by a very objective and fair writer. The Chinese are a over the continent, this book attempts to give your some insights into why they do what they do, their thinking, their motivations. A real nice read if you are also thinking of coming into Africa, you really want to go where the Chinese have gone as they seem to know where all the best opportunities are
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on 1 February 2015
After a while the accounts of different Chinese in different countries become a bit repetitive. But for anyone remotely interested in what the world will be like in the next couple of decades this gives a few pointers. The Romans did it one way, the Brits, Nazis, Americans and IS all have their methods. But are we taking enough notice of the Chinese softly softly approach?
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on 31 May 2015
Good book, well written, providing the reasoning behind the vast movement of Chinese people seeking something 'better' and the opportunity for wealth and some form of independence in the opportunities, which Africa provides.
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on 2 January 2016
Great insights, a slight tad of slanting the views by repeat comparisons with imperialism, but a great eye opener.
Well worth the read.
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on 24 March 2015
Interesting n vivid story
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on 1 February 2016
Very insightful book!
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on 5 August 2014
Best book on China in Africa so far. Read it!
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