Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Nigeria Offers Lessons for Interaction with China

 The Diplomat published on 10 November 2022 a commentary titled "What Nigeria Can Teach Us About China's Belt and Road" by Tola Amusan, University of Otago in New Zealand.

The author argues that the relationship between China and any single African nation is severely unbalanced in favor of Beijing.  Nigeria is a case study for what happens when an African government fails to exert its influence to shape its relationship with China to meet the needs of local people.  The political elites in countries like Nigeria are partially to blame for their lack of agency.