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The Emerging Talking Points Restructuring the Africa-China Relationship

L-R: President of the Comoros Azali Assoumani, President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Senegalese President Macky Sall at the China-Africa Leaders' Roundtable Dialogue in Johannesburg in August. Image: Alet Pretorius / AFP

The last few weeks have been punctuated by both an alphabet soup of big summits (BRICS, ASEAN, G20) and much discussion of the optics of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s presence or absence from them.

Amid the fray, a significant shift in Africa-China relations has passed largely undiscussed: the emergence of a new set of talking points around which Africa-China cooperation on the state level seems to be organized.

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