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Chinese Funding Universities in South Sudan

Although South Sudan’s oil hasn’t resumed its flow through its northern neighbor, its oil wealth has enticed the Chinese to provide $2.5 billion in loans to the impoverished country. This time, China’s development money has a more benign face: Chinese companies are planning to invest billions to build expansive modern university campuses, says Reuters.

China has been criticized for being a neocolonial power in Africa, but this is the sort of Chinese engagement with the wider world that we could welcome. The South Sudanese need any help they can get, and investment in education in a country where only a third of adults are literate could eventually pay dividends that would be enjoyed by all.

By peacefully intertwining itself with the world, China will learn what it means to deal with foreign cultures in the international scene, enabling it to eventually emerge as a more responsible stakeholder in the international system. If this also helps boost the prospects of impoverished Africans, all the better.

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