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China-Africa 101: Japan & China – Asian Players Competing on the African Continent

During the 2016 TICAD summit, Japan appeared to woo its African counterparts by emphasizing what China has long been criticized for: shoddy quality of projects. Speaking with African heads-of-state in Nairobi, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not name China but certainly alluded to the issue of quality. He asserted, “It is Japanese companies that are committed to quality…our hunch is that the time has come to make the best of Japan’s capabilities…for the advancement of Africa, where you seek nothing but quality in your socio-economic development.”

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