China’s massive investment in Africa through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has prompted concern over political influence—enough for the G-7 to form a rival initiative, the Build Back Better World (B3W). The Center for Global Development’s Gyude Moore and the US Navy’s Michele Lowe join Elizabeth Shackelford on Deep Dish to explore whether these programs are positive or negative and how African countries can take control of their futures.
In this episode of #AskIvo, Council President Ivo Daalder explores if China’s investment in Africa a debt trap.
Andrea Durkin provides recommendations from a Council report aiming at addressing food security in Africa and US-Africa trade relations.
China’s growing contributions to African development should not automatically be feared, but their increased presence should create a recalibration in US approaches to development.