Chinese President Xi Jinping (front centre) announced US$60 billion in financial aid and investment pledges to Africa on Monday. Photo: EPA-EFE

‘No political strings attached’: China doubles financial pledges to Africa and vows to waive debt for poorest nations

Beijing’s commitment to the continent grows as concerns mount about its ambitions in the region

Topic |   China-Africa relations

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (front centre) announced US$60 billion in financial aid and investment pledges to Africa on Monday. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong is a reporter with the South China Morning Post in Beijing, where she focuses on China’s diplomacy and defence policy.

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.