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Mapping China’s Influence Tools in Africa

How does China build influence in Africa and the wider Global South? A new report from the hawkish U.S. think tank, the National Bureau of Asian Research features prominent researchers’ accounts of different tools, from the secretive United Front Work Department to media, military, and other exchanges.

Edited by the prominent China expert Nadège Rolland, the report is the second in a series about Chinese engagement with Africa in the context of great power competition in the Global South.

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The China-Global South Project is passionately independent, non-partisan and does not advocate for any country, company or culture.


A carefully curated selection of the day’s most important China-Global South stories. Updated 24 hours a day by human editors. No bots, no algorithms.


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