China in Context: China’s role in Africa

| Mar 14, 2023

SOAS China Institute

China has grand plans for Africa. It has pledged to increase its investment in the continent, thus “narrowing the North-South gap and supporting and assisting other developing countries in accelerating development.” But given China’s own relatively slow rate of economic growth, can it afford to do this? And how should African nations weigh up the costs and benefits of teaming up with China? In this podcast, Maria Repnikova, Associate Professor in Global Communication at Georgia State University, explains what she has learned during field work in China and Ethiopia. The presenter is Zuri Linetsky, research fellow at the Institute for Global Affairs in Washington, DC.

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Zuri is a research fellow with the Independent America project at the Institute for Global Affairs.

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This post is part of Independent America, a research project led out by IGA senior fellow Mark Hannah, which seeks to explore how US foreign policy could better be tailored to new global realities and to the preferences of American voters.

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