People collect water from a China-funded well in a village in Senegal in August 2018. The well-drilling project was one outcome from the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in 2015. The competition for influence is an opportunity for Africa to fast-track its development. Photo: Xinhua
People collect water from a China-funded well in a village in Senegal in August 2018. The well-drilling project was one outcome from the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in 2015. The competition for influence is an opportunity for Africa to fast-track its development. Photo: Xinhua
Mwansa Chalwe Snr
Opinion

Opinion

Mwansa Chalwe Snr

In the new ‘Scramble for Africa’, nations have much to gain – but they can’t ignore the risks

  • It is to Africa’s advantage that the jockeying for influence between China, the US, EU and other regional powers brings critical investment for development
  • However, African leaders are also wary of being caught in the crossfire of geoeconomic competition

People collect water from a China-funded well in a village in Senegal in August 2018. The well-drilling project was one outcome from the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in 2015. The competition for influence is an opportunity for Africa to fast-track its development. Photo: Xinhua
People collect water from a China-funded well in a village in Senegal in August 2018. The well-drilling project was one outcome from the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in 2015. The competition for influence is an opportunity for Africa to fast-track its development. Photo: Xinhua
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