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Kenyan artist Michael Soi cheekily captures the China-US-Africa relationship. (Photo/ SA Cultural Observatory)

Is China Eating Western Donors For Lunch In Africa? Mostly No. Here’s Why

In practice, China rarely competes with traditional donors. Funding is heavily concentrated in the productive sectors, mainly infrastructure, agriculture and mining.


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US Marines conducting a mass casualty exercise at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti City, Djibouti. (Photo/ Flickr/ Staff Sgt. Samuel Roger)

Rivalry In Horn Of Africa: As Superpower Armies Set Up Shop In Tiny Djibouti, Saudi Arabia Too Comes Knocking

Djibouti at the confluence of three major geopolitical interests: shifting power plays in the Indian Ocean rim featuring Saudi Arabia, China and Iran, a US whose naval dominance is now challenged, and a rising Ethiopia


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EUFOR emblem on a soldier’s arm in mission in Sam Ouandja, northeast CAR, on the border with Sudan’s Darfur. Most of the mission's troops were French; since 1960, France has intervened militarily at least 30 times on the continent. (Photo/ Pierre Holtz for UNICEF)

Africa’s ‘Big Brothers’: The US, China, France And Surprise, Surprise, South Africa

Former French colonies are by far the most likely to see the colonial power as most influential, a legacy of the policy of Françafrique. Zimbabwe’s sees China, its friend in need, as most influential


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Sunset on a rising city: Addis Ababa has been transformed by an infrastructure boom. (Photo/ Flickr/ Jeff Rebiffé)

Infrastructure Is China’s Sweet Deal For Africa, From A Country That Used More Cement In 3 Years Than The US Did In A Century

China is the largest single source of financing for infrastructure development outside of national budgets in sub-Saharan Africa, contributing over $13.4 billion in the region in 2013 alone