China willing to partner with African projects
“I HAVE seen the new Jerusalem, and it is in China,” Dr David Monyae, the co-director of the Confucius Institute in Johannesburg told a packed SA-China dialogue at the University of the Witwatersrand yesterday.
Monyae recently returned from the opening of the Import Expo in Shanghai, where 172 countries and organisations participated, with 400 000 Chinese purchasers in attendance.
“It seems to me that China has conquered the future,” Monyae said.
“It has uplifted 700 million people out of poverty.
“I went into a factory without a single worker on the factory floor – only machines.
“How are we with that?
“We are sleeping,” Monyae said. He emphasised that, as Africans, we need to add value to our products by beneficiating our resources, and we can no longer be simply exporting our raw materials.