THE DRAGON'S EMBRACE by Emmanuel John Hevi


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Subtitled ""The Chinese Communists and Africa,"" this book denounces Maoist behavior in and towards African and Arab states in no uncertain terms. The author, a Ghanian, should know what he is talking about: he spent a year and a half as a student in China, and came away thoroughly disenchanted with the glaring discrepancies he saw between Peking's noble statements of policy and her actual deeds, not only in regard to his own continent, but vis-a-vis India, Tibet, and Southeast Asia as well. Mr. Hevi asserts that Africa should remain completely outside the Cold War, but whether or not it is possible to have only good words for Nationalist China and even a few for white Rhodesia (as he does) and still be ""nonaligned"" is a rather knotty question. ""Don't hate China--but don't trust her either,"" he cautions his fellow Africans. ""Trust ourselves--have faith in Africa."" Take the best from every continent, is his advice, and leave the dross. And don't offend the West, because, ""If a section of the white race oppresses us,"" the rest of it supplies the cash and the know-how ""that build the big dams."" And to Mr. Hevi these big dams are worth much more than Communist China's big promises.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1967
Publisher: Praeger