China’s New Diplomatic Strategy in Africa: Humility

A China in Africa Podcast

Just a few weeks after Chinese premier Li Keqiang admitted that China was going through “growing pains” in its engagement with Africa, Beijing’s central bank chief, Zhou Xiaochuan, acknowledged some of the 2,500 PRC companies operating in Africa are behaving “not so good, not so satisfactory.” Zhou made the comments after signing a landmark $2 billion financing deal with the African Development Bank in what seemingly appears to be a new, more humble diplomatic approach to its foreign policy engagement on the continent.