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Jul 21, 2018

This September 50 African leaders will arrive in Beijing for what is widely expected to be one of the most important international summits of the year. Billions of dollars in financial aid and loans along with China's broader strategic direction for the continent will be unveiled at the Forum on China Africa Cooperation leaders summit.

But the summit will take a place a delicate time for Chinese president Xi Jinping, where he is confronting enormous challenges related to the ongoing trade war with the United States and, at the same time, huge opportunities to expand his country's role in global affairs.

The New York-based Council on Foreign Relations' Asia Director, Dr. Elizabeth Economy, also author of the new book The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, is one of the world's leading experts on Chinese foreign policy and joins Eric & Cobus to discuss the political backdrop surrounding the upcoming FOCAC summit in Beijing.

Join the discussion? What do you think African leaders should be prepared for when they arrive in Beijing amid the ongoing U.S.-China trade war? Let us know what you think.

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