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Xi’s Third Term Will Power Up Chinese Messaging in Africa

China's President Xi Jinping attends the closing ceremony of the 20th Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 22, 2022. Noel CELIS / AFP

Xi Jinping’s third term will likely see the re-energizing and reshaping of China’s external relationships after its COVID lockdown. But how will China’s political engagement with Africa evolve? 

In a new paper Paul Nantulya, a research associate at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington DC, identifies three trends to watch: 

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