China, the Ultimate Crony Capitalist State, went through the Opium Wars. They know a thing or two about using addiction (in this case debt) on an international policy level. We have solidly entered the Chinese colonial era in Africa.
(From African Stand)
Today, the Chinese are offering mouthwatering deals to Africa, both in cash transactions and the outmoded or rather defunct barter trade which seem very attractive on the outlook but dangerous in reality.
The Zambian government contracted the Chinese, lazy-thought and glossed over details thinking they were granting consent to (genuine) terms but the whole thing just morphed into modern day colonialism.