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China-Africa relations

Season 1, Episode 13

Duration: 64m

Following the Two Sessions meeting in China, and the extraordinary China-AU Summit in June 17, host Desné Masie invites our special guest Jinny Yan, Chief China Economist at ICBC Standard Bank to discuss the effect of COVID-19 on China’s economic and political relationship with Africa as well as the global economic outlook.

With a focus on putting into practice the opportunities from the China-Africa tie up, we dive into China’s Belt and Road initiatives, discuss Africa’s economic debts to China and highlight the importance of ESG factors in new China-Africa projects. 2020 marks the final year of China’s 13th 5-year Plan, yet like countries all over the world COVID-19 has focused China to reimagine its economy. This will be structurally important for the global economy.

We also discuss creative approaches such as China’s street vendor economy and soft power development alongside effective solutions for China and Africa to build back better economies.

More information

China’s street vendor economy

The OECD’s report on the Belt and Road Initiative 

Chatham House reports on the Belt and Road Initiative 

ICBC Standard Bank’s Belt and Road Initiative Connectivity Index

China-Africa Research Initiative


Executive producer and host: Desné Masie
Co-producer and audio editor: Peter Doerrie
Digital and social editor: Charles Dietz
Group publisher: Omar Ben Yedder
Music: ‘Give Love’ by Nettson