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A Not-So-Extraordinary Summit

The hall where Chinese President Xi Jinping convened the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on COVID-19. Image via Xinhua.

This week’s ‘Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19’ was largely uneventful. The initiatives announced in President Xi Jinping’s address were either projects that had already been announced before (China building the Africa CDC, which will now be accelerated) or long-term Chinese standard operating procedure (cancelling some zero-interest loans maturing in 2020. Zero-interest loans are cancelled relatively often, and they only make up a fraction of China’s total lending to Africa.) 

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