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China, Europe and the Geopolitics of African Renewable Energy

Both China and the European Union have identified renewable energy as a key part of their engagement strategies with Africa. At FOCAC last year, the Chinese vowed to increase investment in solar, hydro, and other green technologies while the EU made sustainability a centerpiece of its new Global Gateway development initiative.

With both sides pursuing similar objectives, it’s not surprising renewable energy is now being seen as yet another front in the larger great power rivalry dynamic with African countries stuck in the middle.

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