Findings from Afrobarometer’s survey of 54,000 participants in 36 African countries released recently shows that the majority viewed China’s economic and political activities as a welcome contribution.
The survey focuses on the development of both the economic and political activities that showed a positive attitude toward China’s investments in infrastructure and business as well as China-made products.
The survey indicates that China enjoys growing popularity and influence on the continent with nearly 66 percent of respondents showing positive attitudes toward China’s influence on their countries.
In Niger, Liberia and Cameroon, the survey indicates that more than 80 percent of the public holds generally favorable views of China, according to China-Africa News site.
In Mali, the figure is as high as 91 percent, according to the news site adding that 56 percent of respondents believe that China’s assistance and investments meet their needs for development “well” or “very well.”
“The survey showed that in the eyes of respondents, China is popular second only to the United States as a developing model. Recent years have witnessed an obvious positive trend in the exchanges of governance experience between China and African countries,” reported China-Africa News Site.
Meanwhile, Afrobarometer indicates in its official website that Africa has seen huge growth in smaller Chinese investors in food outlets, retail shops, and textiles.
China, on the other hand, mainly imports minerals from Africa, along with smaller amounts of oil and agriculture products.
Source: China-Africa News | Jan 6