© Papa Matar Diop / Présidence de la République du Sénégal / Flickr

Developing a common African approach to China in a divided world

Deliberations at the continental level would best be led by the AU Commission and AfCFTA Secretariat.

African states must carefully maintain ties with countries across prevailing geopolitical divides. With China facing increased scrutiny and criticism from the United States and its allies, Africa’s relations with Beijing are being closely observed. This report discusses the need for a comprehensive common African approach towards China, focusing on critical discussion points that policymakers should consider.

About the author

Dr Mandira Bagwandeen is a Lecturer at Stellenbosch University’s Political Science Department. Her research interests include Africa-China relations, South-South cooperation, Africa’s regional integration and development, techno-geopolitics and the geoeconomics of natural resources. Mandira is also affiliated with various local and international think tanks and organisations.

Development partners
The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
Related content