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The Star Raft: China's Encounter With Africa
The Star Raft: China's Encounter With Africa
By Philip Snow
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988, 250 pp
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At the outset this history of Sino-African connections appears to exaggerate the importance of anti-Western bonds between two highly unlikely Third World cultures. As it moves forward, however, the account accurately and richly represents what is for both China and Africa a pretty marginal relationship, through a wealth of painstakingly researched new detail. Mixing mutual fascination and incomprehension, the Chinese-African encounter has the charm of an occasional and gentle minuet.