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Africa Economic Brief - China’s Presence in Africa: A Boon or a Bust? - Volume 10 | Issue 1


While an increasing number of people agree that the major challenge facing humanity today is global warming, the defining geo-political challenge is who will dominate the planet economically, politically and militarily in the decades to come? Will it remain a unipolar world with the United States the sole superpower, as it has been since the fall of the Soviet Union? Or will it be displaced by a rapidly emerging China seeking to dominate its closest neighbors, while replacing the West as the dominant rule-setter globally, including within multilateral institutions. Will it move from following the rules to making the rules? This is the question that scholars, policy makers and the business community are asking themselves today.

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