What Africans really think about China’s role in Africa

It’s been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar, Senegal. Meanwhile, Chinese and African officials are reviewing and reflecting on their two-decade relationship.

China’s growing engagement with Africa has had a positive, albeit uneven, effect on Africa’s economic growth, economic diversification, job creation, and connectivity.

China-Africa relations are mostly organized via government to government relations. But the perceptions and wellbeing of ordinary people also need to be better considered.

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