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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while in Zambia on Saturday, criticized China for its “new colonialism in Africa.” Yesterday, African leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss plans that could result in a new independence.
The 20th century witnessed the African countries slowly breaking away from European colonialism through sometimes violent revolutions. It resulted in political independence. (At least it was independence from a foreign country, but internal struggles against local white minority rule persisted in some African countries.)
However, that political independence did not necessarily result in economic autonomy. African countries trade more with former colonial powers than amongst themselves. Intra-African trade stands at only 10 percent.