Toolkit: China-Africa

Lessons for Africa in Chinese SOE Governance

China’s state-owned enterprise (SOE) sector is vast and diverse. There are more SOEs in China than companies of all kinds in most African countries, and China’s state sector produces more and has grown faster than sub-Saharan Africa’s entire economy.

Not much give from China in its relationship with Africa

Despite a warm African response to the recent ‘Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against Covid-19’, not much new came out of the virtual meeting. Crucially, there was no movement on cancellation of the $150bn in concessional loan debt.

Africa could be the winner as the US attempts to stifle Huawei

The adoption of 5G technology, powered by Chinese tech giant Huawei, has become a game of international geopolitical football with Donald Trump as the self-appointed referee. Africa is set to become an early adopter – but there are political, economic and security risks attached.

China’s Belt and Road plan: how will it affect Africa?

Depending on who you listen to, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is either the end of the world, or the beginning of a much better one. The initiative is a massive rollout of infrastructure aimed at connecting China to other economic centres in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and beyond, and it has become the centrepiece of President Xi Jinping’s foreign policy.

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