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At TICAD7, China is Invisible, but Ever-Present

TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP

There’s a real disconnect at TICAD7 this year. This gap isn’t between Japan and Africa. Rather it’s between the experience of being inside TICAD and how it’s represented in the media. The dominant outside narrative is that TICAD is all about China – in fact, phrasing this as Japan ‘taking on’ China in Africa has almost become a cliché.

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