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Qin Gang Should Hit the Reset Button on Africa-China Relations: Expert

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang meeting with his Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen Hassen on the first day of a five-nation African tour. Image via the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Qin Gang is taking over as Foreign Minister at an inflection point in Africa-China relations. While Chinese investment transformed African skylines, the relationship has also hit some problems. These include sky-high debt for projects that didn’t necessarily deliver hoped-for development outcomes.

But how should Beijing tweak its Africa policy for better outcomes? Ken Opalo, an Africa-China expert and an assistant professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, recently posted a fascinating set of suggestions to reset Africa-China relations in his newsletter, An Africanist Perspective:

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