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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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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