What are implications of China's closer ties with African countries?

The FOCAC gathering, which has seen economic agreements take place between China and African countries, has raised questions of the effect it will have on South Africa and their counterparts.

702 and Cape Talk listeners on Monday spoke to Stephen Grootes, standing in for Redi Tlhabi, about their thoughts on the efforts to strengthen ties between the countries.

Listen to the conversation below:

...For me it's almost as if anything that's not of the west there's got to be an agenda. If it's Russian, there's got to be an agenda...I really don't understand why.

Neo, caller from Wilgeheuwil

I don't think China is investing in Africa for our own good, but for their own good.

Mark, caller from Vanderbijlpark

It's not about trust, it's that they haven't proven themselves to be people who can be trusted through development and skills transfer.

Will, caller from Bryanston

South Africa should look at who is offering them the best deal then do business with them, money talks.

Martin, caller from Sandton

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