KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • As China’s economic footprint has grown in Africa, so too have Cold War-esque warnings that the opaque nature of China’s financial dealings on the continent mask an effort to exert control over politics and resources.
  • Cold war goggles obscure the nuanced nature of China’s engagement with Africa; the agency of African nations and businesses to choose their own partners; and the opportunities that exist on the continent for non-Chinese investors.
  • Debt, while alleviated with a sweeping forgiveness by the West in 2005, has crept northward again, often propelled by opaque Chinese loans.

THIS ARTICLE IS EXCLUSIVE FOR KARMA MEMBERS

If you are an existing Karma member, please login using the form below.

If you are a guest, you can access this article - plus much more - with our 7-day FREE trial. Click here to register. No credit card required.