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China in Africa: a growing influence

Sources: AidData, 2017, Global Chinese Official Finance Dataset, Version 1.0, ; Hanban, ; Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs,


China gives “aid” – which does not correspond to the criteria for official development assistance – to many African countries: Nigeria, Angola, Ghana or Ethiopia primarily. Although diplomatic links with the People’s Republic of China go back a long way (before the 1980s for half of African states), the Confucius Institutes, of which there were about fifty in 2017, were created over the course of the last decade.


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