2017 was an eventful year in China-Africa relations. Overall the two sides remain deeply engaged with one another, however indications began to emerge this year that the relationship is undergoing a profound change. No longer can we expect to see steadily rising China-Africa trade volumes as prices for many African commodity were largely flat in 2017 and China also started to diversify its investment portfolio to other regions around the world, particularly those along the “One Belt, One Road” trade route. Instead, China’s engagement in Africa expanded in new, many non-economic ways, that have the potential to re-shape this critically important geo-political relationship.
The opening of China’s first overseas military installation in Djibouti, Beijing’s new law to ban ivory trading and Chinese president Xi Jinping’s commitment to expand support for UN humanitarian operations in Africa are all evidence of how China in 2017 appeared to be broaden its policy in Africa beyond its initial focus on natural resource extraction.
In this special edition of the China in Africa Podcast, Eric & Cobus discuss their picks for the top three stories of 2017 and provide their outlook for what’s ahead in 2018 for China-Africa ties.
Eric’s picks for the top three stories of 2017:
Cobus’ picks for the top three stories of 2017:
Join the discussion. Do you agree with Eric & Cobus’ picks for the top stories of 2017? What do you think should make the list? Let us know.