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Will China’s recent visit to Africa shatter Western hegemony?

Will China’s recent visit to Africa shatter Western hegemony? Colonisation, Neo-imperialism and global economic inequality have all helped to shape the African continent’s current status as a powerhouse that’s batting well below its capacity. The West, particularly the US, Britain and France have had a toxic impact on countries in Africa but could a relatively new partner help to change this? There is little doubt the impact of the Chinese presence on the continent in the form of new and appealing initiatives could see the influence of the West diminishing. With Beijing having overtaken the US as the continent’s largest trading partner nearly a decade ago, what is the future for African-Chinese relations? China’s leadership is aware their presence on the continent is being closely monitored by old imperialist powers like Britain and the US. This might explain the regular visits of high-level delegations to Africa, like the Chinese premier who was feted in a state visit to Rwanda recently. Africans are themselves aware that the relationship with Beijing must be a more equal one than previous efforts by members of the global community.

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