Tuesday, October 18, 2022

China's Parliament Diplomacy in Africa

 Aljazeera published on 14 October 2022 an article titled "Analysis: Does China's 'Palace Diplomacy' Benefit Africa or Beijing?" by Thomas O'Falk.

China has been financing and building parliaments across Africa, most recently in Zimbabwe.  It has financed and built others in Mozambique, Lesotho, Guinea-Bissau, and Malawi.  It is often not clear if the financing terms are commercial loans, interest-free loans or grants, but China's goal is to gain political influence through these projects (and make a profit if the financing is based on commercial loan terms).