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The Full Picture: China, Africa, and the Global South

File image of China's President Xi Jinping (C) speaks as South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (R) look on, during the Forum On China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 4, 2018. Lintao Zhang / POOL / AFP

The last year has seen the China-Africa space undergoing massive changes. The impacts of COVID-19, the pandemic-induced debt crisis and rapid shifts in Chinese financing to Africa have shifted some of the core assumptions underlying what we think of as ‘China-Africa relations.’

However, there is an even bigger trend, a more fundamental shift that’s changing not only how we think about China-Africa relations, but reshaping our very thinking about the future itself. One of the largest trends shaping the coming decade and beyond is China’s massive presence all over the Global South.

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