China in Africa: Debunking myths and debating truths

In the context of its ongoing work on new trade and development partners in Africa, the Development Centre hosted a  presentation and debate of Asia/Africa expert Deborah Brautigam’s new book The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa. Professor Brautigam began by explaining away the greatest myths surrounding China’s engagement in Africa and ended with a summary of the different approaches to development held by China and traditional donors to the region.

Before the open Q&A period, remarks were made by the Centre’s Head of Research Helmut Reisen who provided a more global perspective on China’s rise; and Michael Laird, Coordinator of the China-DAC Study Group who posed questions about data, transparency and what DAC donors can learn from China, among others.

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