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China Safari

On the Trail of Beijing's Expansion in Africa

By Serge Michel, By Michel Beuret, Photographs by Paolo Woods

  • ISBN13: 9781568586144
  • Pub Date: 08/24/2010 | Price: $17.50 / $22.50 CAN
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Trim: 6.25 x 9.25 Inches | 336 Pages
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About the Book

China has now taken Great Britain's place as Africa's third largest business partner. Where others only see chaos, the Chinese see opportunities. With no colonial past and no political preconditions, China is bringing investment and needed infrastructure to a continent that has been largely ignored by Western companies or nations.

Traveling from Beijing to Khartoum, Algiers to Brazzaville, the authors tell the story of China's economic ventures in Africa. What they find is tantamount to a geopolitical earthquake: The possibility that China will help Africa direct its own fate and finally bring light to the so-called “dark continent,” making it a force to be reckoned with internationally.

About the Author

Serge Michele is West Africa correspondent for the French newspaper Le Monde.

Michel Beuret is Foreign Editor of the prominent Swiss magazine l'Hebdo.

Paolo Woods is an award-winning photojournalist. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Stern, Le Monde, Geo, and many other international publications.


USA Today
“Through a witty narrative that at times becomes a first-person travelogue, the authors entertain while educating, revealing in the process the absurdities that come with reporting on the ground in Africa...[A]n admirable contribution to a story with broad geopolitical implications.”

Library Journal
“A significant book that insightfully examines China’s role in Africa, China Safari reveals not only the complexities of Chinese immigration to Africa, but also the political rivalries that result from it…Recommended for all interested readers.”

New York Times
China Safari is a fascinating, provocative work of firsthand reporting that illuminates an important global economic story.”

Washington Times
China Safari tackles an important and largely underreported topic with an engaging and lively verve…Mr. Michel and Mr. Beuret make an important contribution, without passing judgment, toward our understanding of China’s intentions in Africa.”