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India’s Response to China’s Ascendance in Africa

A motorist drives past a poster welcoming China's President Xi Jinping (R) in Chennai on October 11, 2019, ahead of a summit with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) to be held at world heritage site of Mahabalipuram from October 11 to 12 in Tamil Nadu state. ARUN SANKAR / AFP

Written together with Emma Mawdsley, Director of the Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies at Cambridge Univeristy

In the hugely popular movie, Wolf Warrior II, the arch-villain confronting our muscular hero, Leng Feng, is a white man called ‘Big Daddy’. The Freudian overtones of this are not lost on commentators who have deconstructed this and other gendered and racialized themes of the movie (see, for example, Liu and Rofel). None too subtly, Leng Feng ‘kills the father’, to present Africa with a new and powerful brother.  

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