To be fair, there were some well-documented quality problems with some of China's earlier infrastructure projects, and "cheap" consumer goods are just that; like Jimmy Dean said, "you get what you paid for." There are lots of decent to high quality goods China exports to Africa and everywhere else in the world, but those that buy the cheapest items complain no less about quality fails than those that buy high quality goods. It's just human nature.If you read the western press, the narrative was nobody like China in Africa because they are slave driver and they disregard environment , labor law and their product are so lousy it broke down the next day.But but the reality is completely different
Reality is most Chinese consumer, commercial, and infrastructure goods compete successfully on all levels of quality, and increasingly breaching the "panache" mirage of Western and Japanese goods. The vested interests don't like the competition, so they throw out everything they could to forestall the inevitable, be they true or not.