China’s role in African development | Inside Story

One billion COVID-19 vaccines and a pledge to continue funding development across Africa. Chinese President Xi Jinping made the comments virtually as part of the annual Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. As a two-day summit in Senegal comes to a close, China emphasized how crucial the partnership is. China is Africa’s largest trading partner with nearly 190 billion dollars in trade.

But can China avoid criticism over taking advantage of natural resources and saddling developing nations with unsustainable debt?