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How popular is China in Africa? New survey sheds light on what ordinary people think

By  Folashade Soule, University of Oxford, and Edem E. Selormey, Centre for Democratic Development Ghana It’s been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar, Senegal. Meanwhile, Chinese and African officials are reviewing and reflecting on their two-decade relationship. China’s growing engagement with Africa has

Mali Gives China a Reality Check

Instability in Mali shows that development, security and government need to work together for peace to occur. By Peter Fabricius China’s role in Africa’s security has been evolving, from its tentative first steps in non-combatant peace operations in 1998 to combat-ready peacekeepers in 2012 and the formalisation of defence cooperation through the

A new scramble for Africa?

Duncan Green Not a single one of my LSE students reads the Economist. That may be down to the selection bias of people wanting to take my course on activism, but I think they’re missing out. If, like me, you’re liberal on social issues, sceptical on economic laissez faire, and just plain confused

Why Africa loves China

By Mehari Taddele Maru At the September 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing, African Union Chairperson and Rwandan President Paul Kagamelauded the Chinese aid and investment strategy in Africa as a source of "deep transformation".  Kagame argued that the cooperation between China and Africa is based on mutual respect and is for the

China expands its peace and security footprint in Africa

•At the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and China-Africa Defence and Security Forum, Beijing showcased an increasingly strategic approach to its defence relations with African countries and its role in managing challenges to peace and security on the continent. Download: 24oct18-china-expands-its-peace-and-security   Michael Kovrig China’s growing engagement with African countries got a publicity boost

AEMA: China-Africa economic relations, more of resources than development – AFDB

•Injects $160bn loan, aid to Africa in 3 years •As Elumelu, Dangote, Dora Akunyili, others nominated for Africa Economic Awards Godsgift Onyedinefu The African Development Bank (AfDB) has expressed worry that China's economic relationship with Africa suggests that it mainly targets her natural resources rather than investment and transformation in African countries. This was

China’s salami slicing takes root in Africa

With the consent of African governments, China’s subtle but deliberate strategy is paying off. By Ronak Gopaldas Mass indignation greeted the revelation that South Africa was to receive a R370 billion ‘gift’ from China, amid criticism about the lack of transparency surrounding Eskom’s recent loan deal with the China Development Bank. In

What Nigeria gained from buhari’s trip to China – presidency

The presidency has listed President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievement during his trip to China. Buhari, other Heads of State and delegates from 52 African countries, attended the Forum on China and Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Garba Shehu, presidents spokesperson in a statement issued on Saturday listed the gains of the visit. He stated "there was

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