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How to negotiate infrastructure deals with China: four things African governments need to get right

  • “You don’t negotiate with China !”

I was quickly told when I started interviewing African public servants about their infrastructure deals with Beijing.

  • Folashade Soule
  • The Conversation

There is a widespread view in Africa that you accept whatever terms are offered, for fear that the money might go somewhere else instead.

China is the leading infrastructure finance provider on the continent – as demonstrated by a recent pledge of US$60 billion (£47 billion), most of which is for infrastructure projects.

Big projects on the slate include hydropower plants in Angola and Guinea, an oil refinery in Nigeria, and a…

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