What was once a relatively straightforward geopolitical relationship fueled by a desire for resources and a need for investment is becoming much more multifaceted and vastly more complex. While China’s appetite for African resources remains important, the reality is that much of what Africa has to sell can be easily, and often more affordably procured from other parts of the world. So, in that sense, Africa’s relative importance to China has declined in recent years. But in other ways, Africa is now a vital, indispensable partner for Beijing’s increasingly ambitious geopolitical agenda and a lucrative market for China’s private sector investors.
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