Global Challenges
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China’s role in Africa: What now?

Over the past decade, China has emerged as a large actor on the African continent – primarily through trade, investment and as provider of development finance. But China is increasingly also playing a more direct political role.

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CMI and the Department of Comparative Politics (UiB) in cooperation with Bergen Global

How does China respond to Africa’s development challenges? What impact does China have? And how will China influence the global agenda for achieving the sustainable development goals? And how is the Covid-19 pandemic affecting China’s policies and interventions? In a series of seminars CMI and the Department of Comparative Politics will explore different aspects of China’s role as development actor in Africa – and how will this impact on African and global efforts to promote development? 

This exciting new seminar series about China's role in Africa will feature 6 seminars throughout the spring of 2021. For more information about each individual seminar please follow the links provided below. 

11th March 
China’s role in African industrial growth – the case of Ethiopia 

17th March 
How will China respond to the African debt crisis?

24th March
What are the effects of Chinese development aid?

7th April 
Southern support – China’s changing relations with the African Union

21st April 
Troubled Waters - Chinese Fishing Fleets on African Shores 

11th May 
The Role of Africa in Chinese Foreign and Development Policy 


The seminars are free and open to all.