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FOCAC at 21: Future Trajectories of China-Africa Relations

The China-Africa relationship has continued to evolve over the last years. In light of the 8th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that will take place later in 2021, the latest report from LSE IDEAS China Foresight brings together an international team of experts to shed light on emerging and consolidated areas of engagement between China and Africa that will likely shape the relationship in the years to come.

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FOCAC at 21: Future Trajections of China-Africa Relations

This report was published on Wednesday 20 October 2021.

The report image "Opening ceremony of the FOCAC Summit | Beijing, 3 September 2018" by Paul Kagame is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.


About the Authors

Professor Chris Alden teaches International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is Director of LSE IDEAS. He is a Research Associate with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

Stephen Paduano is the executive director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics. His research concerns Chinese economic policy and global economic governance.

Mzukisi Qobo is Associate Professor and Head of School at the Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand.

Lukas Fiala is a PhD International Relations candidate at the London School of Economics and Project Coordinator of China Foresight at LSE IDEAS. Previously, he was a Yenching Scholar at Peking University and holds an MSc in International Relations from the LSE.

Iginio Gagliardone is Associate Professor in Media and Communication at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Associate Research Fellow in New Media and Human Rights in the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP), University of Oxford.

Yu-Shan Wu is a National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She was previously a Research Associate at the Africa–China Reporting Project, University of the Witwatersrand (2018– 2020); and also undertook research on foreign policy issues at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) (2010–2017).

Gidon Gautel is an Analyst in the space industry, an Associate of LSE IDEAS, and Co-Chair of the Lunar Commerce and Economics Working Group at the Moon Village Association. He was previously the Project Coordinator of China Foresight and Project Manager of the Economic Diplomacy Commission at LSE IDEAS.

Lina Benabdallah is Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University, a Johns Hopkins University China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) Research Associate, a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Africa Program, and a contributing editor for Africa is a Country. She is the author of Shaping the Future of Power: Knowledge Production and Network Building in China-Africa Relations (University of Michigan Press, 2020)