African Perspectives on China

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African Perspectives on China

Abdul-Gafar Tobi Oshodi, Hannah Ryder, and Bob Wekesa discuss the many variations of African views on China, from pessimism to optimism and everything in between.

China’s presence in Africa has been a source of heated debate around the world. In the U.S. in particular, media outlets and government officials alike have raised accusations of “neocolonialism” and “debt traps,” while China defends its “win-win cooperation” and “brotherhood” with African countries.

How do people in different African countries think about the relationship with China?

On February 3, The Diplomat hosted a discussion on that topic featuring Abdul-Gafar Tobi Oshodi, a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Lagos State University, Nigeria; Hannah Ryder, the CEO of Development Reimagined, a pioneering international development consultancy in China; and Bob Wekesa, the research, partnership, and communications coordinator at the African Center for the Study of the United States, based at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.