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