It is likely that officials in Beijing immediately recognized
that the stakes were incredibly high and that they had to get ahead
of a story like this or else risk a rapid erosion of their
credibility in Africa. As Chinese companies build out critical
infrastructure, including data networks
communications systems and
in a number of African capitals, billions
of dollars in contracts could be in jeopardy if Chinese companies
became associated with state-backed espionage.
This week, Eric & Cobus discuss the aftermath of the
AU-spy story and what it possibly indicates about the future of
China's communications strategy in Africa.
Join the discussion? Do you think these kinds of allegations
hurt the Chinese in Africa or, as Beijing suggests, is it just sour
grapes from the West who are increasingly concerned about China's
surging engagement across Africa? Let us know what you think.