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University of Cape Town Professor Says Africans Need to Understand Why China Values Ties With the Continent

Professor Carlos Lopes from the University of Cape Town is challenging the widely-held perception that Africa is very important to China’s broader global economic agenda. Well, they’re wrong, he said in a recent interview with Zimbabwean newspaper publisher Trevor Ncube.

“China is a major player in Africa but Africa is not of major importance to China,” said Professor Lopes. “The totality of Chinese investments in Africa account for about 4% of the Chinese investments in the world… as much as Pakistan,” he added.

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