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The Heat: China and the West in Africa

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Published on May 9, 2018

The needs in Africa are many. Among them: infrastructure, jobs and trade.

Critics said the West has neglected the continent, either dismissing it as hopelessly mismanaged, or simply engaging for its resources or security and defense advantages.

Enter China – From a low of $10 billion in 2000, Beijing’s trade with Africa reached $220 billion just 14 years later, making it the continent’s largest trading partner. By contrast, trade between the United States and Africa has fallen from a high of $100 billion in 2008 to $39 billion last year.

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