China-Africa Summit in Dakar: "There is a real problem of transparency"
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President of African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat and Comoros President Azali Assoumani attend the opening of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) by video link in Dakar, Senegal on November 29, 2021. REUTERS - COOPER INVEEN
By: Florent Guignard Follow
The China-Africa summit in Dakar will focus on trade and security.
China has invested heavily in Africa over the past decade, particularly in infrastructure and in the exploitation of its raw materials.
In an interview with
, published on November 19, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian castigated Chinese policy on the African continent, where the former French colonial power is now overtaken by Beijing in terms of investments and import-export.
Africa's largest trading partner, China is also the largest creditor of African countries, whose debt has exploded since the pandemic.
The explanations of Gilles Yabi, political analyst and founder of the Wathi think-tank based in Dakar.
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