How are Africa-China relations changing in response to crises like Ukraine? Few are more preoccupied with this issue than China’s Africa scholars. The Africa Research Group of the Eurasia Systems Science Society, which includes some of the most prominent Africa scholars in China, recently hosted a conference that was rare in its unvarnished view of China’s failures and successes on the continent.
The participants agreed that Beijing still doesn’t fully understand African needs, which lessens the success of trade and development cooperation. They also argued that the relationship should become a global priority that coordinates the full strategic planning of various Chinese stakeholders. The transcript is crucial reading for those who want to track future developments in the relationship.
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