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China in the Era of 'Xi Jinping Thought': Five Key Trends for Africa

This policy briefing identifies five trends that could affect Africa, emerging from China’s 19th Communist Party Congress, held in Beijing in October 2017. The congress saw the institutionalisation of several of President Xi Jinping’s key initiative…

In the Driver's Seat? African Agency and Chinese Power at FOCAC, the AU and the BRI

While Africa’s partnership with China has undeniably led to a jump in trade and investment, especially over the past two decades, many on the continent remain concerned about the relationship’s lack of equality. This issue is particularly striking d…

Can Africa Build Greener Infrastructure while speeding up its Development? Lessons from China

In 2013 China launched a global connectivity project known as the Belt and Road Initiative. Under its flagship agenda, China seeks to mitigate slowing growth at home while supporting growth abroad, especially in other developing countries. Global en…

Understanding China's Belt and Road Infrastructure Projects in Africa

This paper examines the implementation of BRI infrastructure projects in Africa in light of available information and concludes that African experiences with the BRI are quite heterogeneous. Some of the major borrowers have debt sustainability prob…

Leveraging the BRI for Africa’s Industrialisation and Intra-Trade (Opportunities for the AfCFTA)

Two initiatives have recently gained prominence, one on the global stage and the other in Africa: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The former initiative’s primary aim is to build economic i…

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