China using knowledge to consolidate its influence in Africa

What you need to know:

  • Beijing’s scholars and foreign policy mandarins are experimenting on the “power/knowledge” model to win the hearts and minds of African thinkers and wielders of power in governments and regional groupings.
  • Modelled along Japan’s Tokyo International Conference on African Development, the forum meets every three years to deliberate on the ways and means of co-ordinating policy and promoting China-Africa co-operation in economic and social development.
  • In the wake of the Ebola virus menace in West Africa, China dispatched a powerful medical team that operated units to contain the epidemic and treat its victims.

With its 1.3 billion people, the world’s second most powerful economy, a nuclear stock, a seat in the United Nations Security Council and drawing on the ethos of one of the world’s oldest civilisations, China is a superpower.

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