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Nigerian representative Ben Rollands Igbakpa speaking in the House of Representatives in Abuja. Image via @benigbakpa.

April marked the beginning of major turbulence in China-Africa relations following reports of racism against Africans in Guangzhou. Then the unprecedented happened when African ambassadors wrote a joint letter to the Chinese government demanded an explanation for the maltreatment of Africans in China.

The incident in Guangzhou coupled with the evolving health and economic impact of COVID-19 caused more Africans and their leaders to ask questions about almost every aspect of their countries’ engagement with China.

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