Professor Liu Hongwu discusses the impact of China’s involvement in sub-Saharan African countries, the implications for sustainable development, challenges faced, and cooperation with other international partners in this region.
Professor Liu Hongwu, Director, Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University
China’s business and diplomatic presence in Africa has increased rapidly since the establishment of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2000. African governments consider China a valuable trading partner, a source of investment financing and a complement to traditional development partners. The nature of China’s bilateral relations with sub-Saharan African countries, and the challenges faced, varies depending on the political context and management of economic, trade and investment relations.