Unlike the US, which has numerous military bases around the world, China has exercised its global presence through peacekeeping operations.
The US and UK host around 40,000 African students a year. China surpassed that number in 2014. In 2015 China pledged to provide 30,000 scholarships to African students by 2018.
Turkey moved from 12 embassies in Africa in 2009 to the present 39, with another soon to open in Equatorial Guinea. African embassies in Ankara grew from about 10 to 32 during the same period
Chad’s Déby, Togo’s Bongo and other incumbents – reportedly including Zimbabwe’s ubiquitous Mugabe – safely ensconced in power by fair means or foul, will preen before the cameras and bask in France’s official approval
There were still pockets of good growth that displayed the huge potential of the African continent in 2016, and 2017 looks to be the year the hardest hit countries recover
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