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In the New Era of “China Against the World” Where Does Africa Stand?

Activists of Gujarat's Karni Sena organization shout slogans while holding a poster with the image of Chinese President Xi Jinping during an anti-China demonstration in Ahmedabad on June 24, 2020. China and India have agreed to reduce tensions a week after their deadliest clashes in over 50 years. SAM PANTHAKY / AFP

Africa’s political importance to China is steadily rising as Beijing’s relations with a growing list of countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas dangerously deteriorate. Conflict has already broken out between China and India, leaving Asia’s two largest powers bitterly divided. Even more worrisome is the increasingly toxic relationship between the United States and China, which many observers believe has settled into a new, more volatile era that foreshadows a potentially devastating military engagement between these two rival powers.

In Europe, public opinion of the Chinese has similarly plummeted in recent months in response to Beijing’s more aggressive (aka “Wolf Warrior”) diplomatic stance on the COVID-19 outbreak, faulty PPE, the mass internment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang and the Chinese incursion on Hong Kong sovereignty with this month’s introduction of a new national security law.

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