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Chinese official Jia Qinglin (C) during a visit to the Confucius Institute of the University of Yaounde in Cameroon; the institutes enhance China’s soft power  (source: dpa)

China adjusts its economic involvement in Africa following a slowdown at home

Over the past decade, China’s involvement in Africa – in the form of trade, investment, cheap government loans and aid – has helped accelerate economic growth across the continent. However, China’s economic slowdown will impact Sino-African relations at a critical moment for Africa and its structural transformation.

The upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit in December 2015, the first under President Xi Jinping’s leadership, is expected to redefine some aspects of Sino-African relations. As both China and Africa adapt to changing economic circumstances, this summit may bring changes in mutual commitments. The bets are on China pledging to maintain a strong presence...

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 Teresa Nogueira Pinto
To implement this Africa strategy, Beijing relied on a variety of actors, including state companies, financial institutions, and cultural centres. Over the past 20 years, China has built strong political and economic ties not only with Africa’s top energy producing nations and more industrialised, developed economies, but also in smaller countries like Gabon
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