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China and 22 Francophone African Countries Talk Democracy

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China recently convened an online seminar 22 French-speaking African countries to discuss democracy. The online meeting, on “The Exploration and Practice of Democracy in Chinese and African Legislative Bodies” drew in members of China’s National People’s Assembly, and about 90 African representatives. 

That the April 26 and 27 event focused on democracy would surprise many. After all, the Chinese political model is not known for its democratic characteristics. We have also seen a democratic decline in several African countries, particularly in French-speaking Africa.

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