Over the past couple of decades China has become a leading story in the economic development of Africa. Through loans, grants and direct investment, Beijing has established a huge presence in countries which traditionally fall outside of major western interests. Yet for all the touted economic gains, problems have emerged; debt levels in some African states are alarmingly high. However, some countries have done well out of China, playing a clever game of international diplomacy. China has benefited from a relative lack of attention given to Africa by western powers, but that is beginning to change, albeit slowly compared to the recent expansion of Chinese interests.
Key questions answered:
- What are the risks of African countries taking on Chinese loans?
- Are some African states overexposed to China?
- What is the extent of Chinese involvement with Africa?
- What is the western response to Chinese activity in Africa?
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Published: Sept 2018
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