The number of Chinese workers in Africa fell between 2015 and 2018 after Beijing began signing fewer deals for less money. Photo: AFP
The number of Chinese workers in Africa fell between 2015 and 2018 after Beijing began signing fewer deals for less money. Photo: AFP
Africa

Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese workers leave Africa as lending slows

  • Tens of thousands of Chinese contractors left the continent between 2015 and 2018, a number that correlated with a decrease in spending from Beijing
  • African governments also became savvier about signing deals that included rules for hiring more locals

The number of Chinese workers in Africa fell between 2015 and 2018 after Beijing began signing fewer deals for less money. Photo: AFP
The number of Chinese workers in Africa fell between 2015 and 2018 after Beijing began signing fewer deals for less money. Photo: AFP
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