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Sino-African Relations, Trade, Investment, Development, Pandemic, COVID-19


This article explores the evolutive nature of Sino-African relations and questions how Chinese interventions may influence Africa’s development stories in a post-Covid world. We examine whether the crisis could serve as a catalyst for reorienting the strategic partnership between China and Africa away from debt diplomacy towards genuine partnership or a breaking apart of the long-standing relationship. This article presents three narratives to illustrate how the future direction of Sino-African relations may change and how this might enable Africa to ‘do development differently’.


This is a post peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article accepted for publication in Asia-Europe Journal. The final authenticated version is not yet available but will be linked once published.