China and Japan compete for Africa’s wealth and markets

African Union Commission chairman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Ethiopian Prime Minister and conference chairman Hailemariam Desalegn, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (photo: dpa)
African Union Commission chairman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Ethiopian Prime Minister and conference chairman Hailemariam Desalegn, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (photo: dpa)

Fast-growing Africa has raw materials and mass markets that China and Japan both covet. So far, Beijing has left Tokyo far behind in the race for African opportunities, but Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has promised national leaders long-term partnerships, concentrating on infrastructure, healthcare, education and agriculture, and strategic master plans for 10 countries. These nations may emerge as true winners from the Sino-Japanese rivalry.

<i>This report highlights the political and economic drivers behind the increasing Sino-Japanese rivalry over Africa and how African countries can benefit from it. Politically, China is trying to sign up fast-growing sub-Saharan state...

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