Zambia

Triple Murder In Zambia Feeds Growing China-Africa Tensions

From hospital beds in Mali to ventilators in Algeria to an airlift of supplies deliver by Ethiopian Airlines, China has used the pandemic to cement its economic footprint across the African continent. As socio-economics researcher Hicham Rouibah told Le Monde, "Chinese companies have seized the opportunity of COVID-19 to try to restore their image tarnished by scandals."

From 2013 to 2018, bilateral trade between China and Africa multiplied by 11, with Chinese investors rising to fourth among foreigners in Africa and thousands of Chinese businesses opening across the continent. Still, this soft power has not come without pushback. Last year in Algeria, Hirak Movement protestors called out financial embezzlement by the country's elites, which involved Chinese companies given contracts for large public works projects.

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