This is such a fascinating story and I bet the Portuguese colonists in the 1500s never would have fathomed this one coming...
Not only is the Afro-Sino dynamic shifting, but the tides are definitely also changing in terms of the relationship between the EU and Africa: Angola's president Jose Eduardo Dos Santos has offered economic assistance to cash-strapped Portugal.
The crazy thing is, Portugal was once Angola's colonial "master" -- now they're appealing for funds from their former colony.
I think the economic woes of the EU have been well documented the past year or so, but this turn of events sure indicates a new era in international relations. (In 2012 Portugal's economy is expected to contract by 2.8% but its former colony Angola expects its economy to grow by 12%, not an uncommon figure for many African states.)
I also can't help but wonder if Brussels' decision to relax its ban on Angola's TAAG Airlines has anything to do with Angola's humbling new offer directed at the EU.
This is not the first example of ironic relational shifts by any means -- recently some Latin American states were looking to bail out Spain, and Italy may be the new recipient of funds from Ethiopia (yes, the country most people associate with starvation!). Hopefully the mainstream media will report more of these realities, but so far they've done a lukewarm job of it.
What comes around goes around…especially when it comes to colonization -- it just takes a while sometimes.
See more on Angola's colonial history.