Gridlines − Separating fact from fiction in the China-Africa relationship

China’s investments in Africa have become increasingly diversified in recent years. While oil and mining remain an important focus, Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) has flooded into everything from shoe manufacturing to food processing. Chinese firms have also made major investments in African infrastructure, targeting key sectors such as telecommunications, transport, construction, power plants, waste disposal and port refurbishment.

Given the scale of Africa’s infrastructure deficit, these investments represent a vital contribution to the continent’s development.