China is reaching out to African students through scholarships to soften its image on the continent. Photo: MCT

Scholarship offers driving China’s soft-power play in Africa

  • Initiative that sends thousands of African students to Chinese universities builds an army of influencers for Beijing on the continent
  • Boosts China’s image in Africa, where it is a dominant investor and trading partner, while countering accusations of unscrupulous practices
Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative

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China is reaching out to African students through scholarships to soften its image on the continent. Photo: MCT
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China has no ambition to replace the US on the world stage, Beijing said in its latest white paper. Photo: Xinhua

China doesn’t want to supplant the US, but it will keep growing, Beijing says

  • Nation’s development and diplomatic model designed to offer a ‘new option’ for countries in a world undermined by unilateralism and protectionism, report says
  • America cannot ‘force China’s hand’ or halt its development, it says
Topic |   People’s Republic of China at 70

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China has no ambition to replace the US on the world stage, Beijing said in its latest white paper. Photo: Xinhua
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