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Africa's trading partnership with China takes many forms

  • Ricci Shryock
China's President Xi Jinping has orchestrated an ambitious soft power invasion of African economies that seeks cultural as well as trade ties.
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Tanzanian women wait for China's President Xi Jinping to arrive at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, March 24, 2013.
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Tanzanian women wait for China's President Xi Jinping to arrive at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, March 24, 2013.

A building rises behind a Chinese engineer on the skyline of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan in 2009.
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A building rises behind a Chinese engineer on the skyline of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan in 2009.

The first lady of South Africa, Bongi Ngema, surveys the table during a March 26 official state lunch while seated with China’s president, Xi Jinping.
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The first lady of South Africa, Bongi Ngema, surveys the table during a March 26 official state lunch while seated with China’s president, Xi Jinping.

China National Geological and Mining Corporation boosted Ivory Coast’s hope for increased manganese production after major investment in the Lauzoua mine in 2013.
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China National Geological and Mining Corporation boosted Ivory Coast’s hope for increased manganese production after major investment in the Lauzoua mine in 2013.

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