China’s Strategic Play in Africa

By Luke Bencie and Emily Gmeiner

Travelers to Africa over the past decade may have spotted a disconcerting trend. The continent has been besieged by multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects. Construction cranes regularly dot the skylines of cities such as Lagos, Kigali, Nairobi, and Luanda. While this may initially seem like progress, especially for the developing world, the reality is that the continent’s natural resources are being ravaged. In one of the most powerful – and uncontested...