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Doling out goodies. China’s aid outlay to Africa has grown rapidly over the last two decades, rising to its largest figure of $15 billion in 2018. In doling out these packages, president Xi Jinping has stressed the condition-free nature of the assistance and how Beijing wasn’t seeking “selfish political gains in investment and financing cooperation.” Yet foreign aid from China to Africa has proven to be political—at least on the local level—defined by narrow sectional interests and captured by […]

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