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China in Africa: should the West be worried? | The Economist

In the past 20 years, China has built ever closer bonds with African nations. It has spent billions transforming infrastructure across the continent, and extending its influence into politics and society. It even placed its only overseas military base there. How worried should the West be?

00:00 - China in Africa: should the West be worried?
00:50 - The start of the relationship: transforming Africa’s infrastructure
02:49 - Africa’s diplomatic support for China
03:58 - The cost of Chinese lending
05:00 - China’s military presence in Africa
06:00 - How satirists are combatting China’s influence in Ghana
08:32 - China’s growing role in Africa’s digital infrastructure
11:00 - China’s influence: how the West should respond

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