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The West’s Ignorance About What China’s Doing in Africa is a Feature Not a Bug

European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell arrives for a joint press conference after a Foreign Affairs Council meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on July 12, 2021. JOHN THYS / AFP

Those of us who concentrate on Africa-China relations have long warned that the current framing of the relationship as a zero-sum arena in a new cold war strips African states of agency.

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