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China’s Growing Influence in West Africa

File image of Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo together with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. JASON LEE / POOL / AFP

As former colonial powers like France and the United Kingdom lose their relevance in West Africa, the region is pivoting to China. This trend comes as China’s own confidence in West Africa is growing, despite relatively slow engagement compared to other parts of the continent. 

A new policy brief from the Peace Research Institute Oslo, led by the prominent Africa-China researcher Ilaria Carrozza, compares China’s growing influence in two West African countries: Ghana and Senegal.

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