China's President Xi Jinping with Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete announced new trade deals for Africa on his first foreign trip (photo:dpa)

China faces fresh challenges in Africa

China has been courting many nations in Africa for years. But China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, is redefining the country’s strategy towards Africa in the face of growing competition from other nations. China is also accused by some African nations of using a business model which in the mid and long term could leave their countries de-industrialised and underdeveloped.

AFRICA is one of the main battlegrounds for global competition over energy resources, market opportunities, security interests and political influence.

China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, is continuing to cultivate relations with Africa in a bid to maintain the country's influence in the li...

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 Teresa Nogueira Pinto
Beijing will have to consider changing its resources-centric approach into a more long-term sustainable development model if it is to be considered a partner rather than a threat in Africa
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