Those accustomed to calling the shots in the world – many of them former colonial exploiters – may be struggling with the reality of China’s rejunevation. But what if Africa too became a global economic powerhouse? For many, this is imply unimaginable.
Guess what? The foundations are being laid, and have been laid now for almost two decades. Not that too many have been paying attention outside Africa and China, at least until now. Indeed, it has been primarily through Chinese involvement, especially in infrastructure (now a key compenent of the Belt and Road Initiative).
The Chinese papers are full of stories, summing up the history thus far, providing case studies, showing the multiple levels of cooperation. All of this is part of the build-up for the major Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, to be held in September. It will be the largest such gathering thus far.