China has a growing ambition to become a major world cultural power and to compete with Western cultural influence.
Launching Africa into the normal world of commerce requires the continent to create the conditions to maximise this investment.
There are about 1 673 Chinese-backed projects dotted across 51 African countries - the terms of which are largely dominated by China's needs.
African countries bid for ‘anchor points’ in China’s billion-dollar Silk Road plan— it could set off 'mini battles'
Togo latest nation to pitch as Asian giant builds a trade web around Europe and Africa in bid for geopolitical power
Another Chinese firm is also aiming for its own project in nearby Kenya, as Asian giant pushes forward with ambition to export its technology.
Not even close: In 2013 the US earned $128 billion for the use of its intellectual property. China in the same year received less than $1 billion
Transport costs are 100% higher in Africa and other things are tough, but these countries are going beyond the talk to their fortunes
Country preparing ground for ‘inevitable’ post-election aid, as economy under intense pressure.
Nigeria's Buhari, doing everything to avoid the IMF, brings home Chinese billions; analysts say 'tiny' for a giant
Nigerian president has been to more than 20 countries since taking office a year ago; his countrymen have nicknamed him Mr 'Always Away'
Ivory Coast, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal and Tanzania are all expected to grow at impressive rates of between 6-7% or more this year and next
Kenyan authorities last Friday sent eight Taiwanese to China rather than to Taiwan in response to pressure from Beijing, the Taiwan ministry said.
France prime minister's trip to North African country overshadowed by coverage row over Algerian ties to Panamanian law firm at centre of big leak.
China, the world’s biggest buyer of industrial metals, is hungrily snapping up deals on the cheap as global prices fall through the floor.
Ethiopian Airlines and RwandAir craft new alliance: what are these African 'developmental states' up to?
It's strategic partnership tells us about the ambitions of the two airlines, but also how continental political alliances are forming.
The reason political scientists speak of the “commodities curse” is that during periods of high prices, the need to prepare for crashes is forgotten.
Moving to Africa for fresh air – intriguing 'insider' insights into Nairobi's Chinese community, and what the future holds
Many Chinese believe that African media is always looking for an opportunity to attack their community, but their story in Kenya is captivating.
What crisis? Investors see opportunities as African assets turn cheap in dollar terms as commodity prices fell and local currencies weaken.
11 of Africa's 14 largest markets have fallen more than 10%, as Chinese demand slows and investors anticipate higher interest rates in the US.
Remittances to the continent have risen from $11 billion in 2000 to over $62 billion in 2014, exceeding official development aid