A Senegal resident welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping in Dakar on July. 21. Xi arrived in Africa on a four-nation visit, seeking deeper military and economic ties. Photo: AP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

Xi Jinping’s visit shows why investment in Africa suits China’s long-term planning

David Dodwell says that while one may only see problems associated with investing in Africa in the near term, plans such as the Belt and Road Initiative were built with the longer view in mind, and from that perspective, Africa’s natural resources and young human capital look to pay off later

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A Senegal resident welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping in Dakar on July. 21. Xi arrived in Africa on a four-nation visit, seeking deeper military and economic ties. Photo: AP
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