2017 Mega-Themes in Africa-China Relations
This year was dominated by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its attempt to connect about 60 percent of the global population through infrastructure. Many African nations, hungry for infrastructure development, are ready to join. As Trump’s America continues to retreat within its borders, China has filled in the gap on global issues such as climate change, which disproportionately affects Africans. China has also made huge gains in Africa in terms of investment and job creation, trade, aid and military presence. Though China is fairly popular in the continent, racism, Africa’s rising debt and exploitation of African animals have resulted in controversies. In technology, healthcare and education, however, China is making huge strides in not only seducing African customers but also creating goodwill.
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