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Anzetse Were Has Something to Say to the International Media About Its Coverage of China-Africa Relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping (on the screen) delivers his speech during the China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting in Dakar, Senegal, on November 29, 2021. SEYLLOU / AFP

Longtime Africa-China analyst and Nairobi-based development economist Anzetse Were is exasperated from the international media’s shoddy coverage of China’s engagement with Africa.

“The narrative on Africa-China relations in global media has been persistently one-dimensional,” she wrote in a blog post published on the University of London’s China Institute website. “The global ‘story’ of Africa-China relations is driven by the global north and often reads as though it is rooted in Sinophobia and is stubborn in its archaic view of and inaccurate assumptions about Africa’s abilities,” she added.

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