Despite New China-Africa Tension, Beijing Has a Pivotal Role to Play in Africa's COVID-19 Recovery

John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations

Photo by Hush Naidoo on Unsplash
Photo by Hush Naidoo on Unsplash

Videos and images have surfaced showing young African men being dragged in handcuffs by Chinese authorities, pinned face-first in the pavement, shepherded by riot police down an empty street, and made to sleep outside after apparently being evicted. In one short week, the city’s startling and unabated racism has lit up capitals across the African continent. As the news has spread, the anger has grown, and it would now appear that the China-Africa relationship is entering an uncertain chapter.

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