As the next Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) draws closer, the same sentiments and concerns over Africa’s relative position in the 20-year-old arrangement keep coming up.
It is widely acknowledged that the continent generally gets the short end of the stick in its relationship with China. For as many years, experts, scholars and commentators have called on African leaders to assert greater African agency through taking a common African position on China and using collective bargaining to influence the summit’s outcomes to their advantage.
The latest calls came in an op-ed by Gyude Moore, a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development and a recent report by Development Reimagined, an African-led international development consultancy in Beijing.
However, is it realistic to hope for a collective African agenda on China, particularly at the upcoming FOCAC meeting? I
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