India vs. China in Africa

From a 2011 CSM article about India’s announcement of $5 billion worth of investments in Africa, which positions the South Asian nation as Africa’s second-largest investor after China:

“The Indians and the Chinese have a lot to offer on all fronts, especially in the case of India, because they speak English, which the Chinese do not,” says Mr. Jammine, director of the Econometrix research firm in Johannesburg.

“Language plays an important role in the differences between the Indian presence and the Chinese presence in Africa,” he says. “The antagonism felt toward China has rested on the fact that China has often brought in its own labor force. Whereas, the Indians tend to hire local people, and because they speak English, as do many people in eastern and southern Africa, there is a far greater possibility of a transfer of skills to the African population.”


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