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

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)
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)

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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