As my first real contribution to this forum, I've decided to post a thesis I wrote on the nature of the Sino-African engagement in the continent. Mainstream political literature on the subject emanating from the West largely decries and condemns Chinese involvement as being a form of "neo-Colonialism". This thesis argues an unconventional - and somewhat controversial - viewpoint, in that it defends Chinese involvement in the subcontinent as being less exploitative, volatile and more beneficial than that of Africa's colonial counterparts....despite it being avaricious and essentially self-seeking. The latter section of the essay will seek to analyze the relationship in the context of two competing theories of political science: Radical and Dependency theory. I entertain criticism and comments not just on the essay, but on the subject at hand as well. What do you think of the nature of Sino-African engagement? What do you think of the prospects for democratization of the continent ridden with dictatorships and repressive governments? Of the security implications for India and the West? Of the race between the Tiger and the Dragon to secure oil and mineral resources in the continent? Questions that require answering if we are able to formulate a strategic approach to dealing with the opportunities and threats that ensue from this engagement.