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If You Want to Read Bad Things About China’s Engagement in Africa, You’ll Enjoy the Hoover Institution’s New Handbook

The conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University spent several months working with thirty civil society organizations from 24 African countries to produce a new handbook that is purportedly intended to help policymakers better understand the key issues related to China’s engagement in Africa.

The 40-page report by Glenn Tiffert, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and Oxford University doctoral candidate in Middle Eastern studies Oliver McPherson-Smith, provides a comprehensive overview of the key themes that frame the broader China-Africa relationship — however, their assessments are almost entirely negative.

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