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New IMF Report Takes the Pulse of Rapidly Changing China-Africa Economic Trends

Source: IMF, Direction of Trade Statistics database. Maps depict Chinese trade flows as a share of total trade flows with the world. Darker shades imply higher shares. The boundaries and colors shown on the maps do not imply, on the part of the IMF, any judgment on the legal status of any territory or any endorsement or acceptance of such boundaries.

Talks are underway between African and Chinese negotiators over the agenda for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit that will take place later this year in Beijing.

But this year’s FOCAC is going to be very different than previous gatherings when China was flush with cash and prioritized Africa for loans, investment, and trade.

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