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How to keep up with China’s engagement in Africa

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By Abdi Latif Dahir
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China’s meteoric rise in Africa has raised a drumbeat of alarm and curiosity from across the world. Over the past two decades, there have been emerging trends and data, new policy shifts, questions about what African countries should do, and if China and the West can compete—or cooperate—in Africa. Below are some of the books, people, and institutions that can give you an in-depth insight into how China is changing Africa as much as Africa is changing China.


We regularly publish stories about China’s growing role in Africa.

Books (2009-2019)




  • Anzetse Were: Development economist analyzing Sino-African relations
  • Cheng Cheng: Chief economist at Made in Africa Initiative
  • Hodan Osman: Lecturer and research fellow at the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University
  • Jeffrey Ding: Lead China researcher at the Center for the Governance of Artificial Intelligence at Oxford University and writes about China’s AI scene
  • Yunnan Chen: Researching China-Africa at John Hopkins University


  • China Africa Research Initiative: The center at John Hopkins University provides a great source for data into Chinese loans and workers, insights about partnerships, and analysis on issues like debt-trap diplomacy:
  • SOAS China Institute: Home to the largest community of Chinese studies scholars in Europe, the institute has produced reports including Chinese firms and employment dynamics in Africa
  • The Wits Africa-China Reporting Project: hosted at the journalism department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the project aims to improve the quality of reporting on China-Africa issues

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