South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa says Chinese aid is not 'new colonialism'

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the meeting "refutes the view that a new colonialism is taking hold in Africa, as our detractors would have us believe".
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the meeting "refutes the view that a new colonialism is taking hold in Africa, as our detractors would have us believe".PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday (Sept 3) delivered a stinging rebuttal to criticism of China's development aid in Africa, following a pledge by Chinese President Xi Jinping to invest US$60 billion (S$82 billion) in the continent.

Speaking at a summit on China-Africa cooperation, Mr Ramaphosa said the meeting "refutes the view that a new colonialism is taking hold in Africa, as our detractors would have us believe".