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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Senegalese Foreign Minister Aïssata Tall Sall spoke to the media on Tuesday at the conclusion of FOCAC 8 in Dakar. Image via DakarActu.
One of the intriguing results of last week’s FOCAC meeting has been a narrative pushed by key English-language publications that it represents a reduction in Chinese engagement with the continent. Bloomberg set the tone in its initial report which counted the sums mentioned in President Xi Jinping’s speech and came to $40 billion. Comparing it to ...

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The tendency to see China’s engagement only through the prism of a resource grab is blinding the West to China’s widening and maturing relationships. It does a disservice to African governments, denying the agency they clearly have as well as the differences among them.

Worst of all, it overlooks the West’s own failings in a region that, from climate to health to migration, will be central to every global problem in the coming century.

Clara Ferreira Marques, Bloomberg Opinion Columnist

Twice-weekly podcast dedicated to exploring every facet of China's engagement in Africa. Hosted by Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden.
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