There is a debate among geopolitical commentators about the merits and even intentions of Chinese engagement in Africa. Some suggest the Chinese seek to undermine democracy; others accuse China of saddling the continent with decades of ultimately un-repayable debt; few seem to believe that China genuinely has the interests of Africa at heart. And almost no one in the international community cares to ask the views of Africans themselves.
Having just spent 4 months living and traveling in Africa, it has been difficult not to notice China's growing influence and impact throughout the Continent.
Editor's note: Ngovi Kitau is the former Kenyan ambassador to the Republic of Korea. The article reflects the author's opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.
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