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Jan 14, 2018

Africa is emerging as a “proxy platform” for Asia’s great powers as each moves to improve their positions at home through greater influence abroad, according to Asia-Africa researcher Mandira Bagwandeen. “Competitive connectivity projects in, and via, Africa amongst China, India and Japan, places Asia’s regional powers in even greater competition with each other,” she wrote recently in a column published by the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
Mandira joins Eric & Cobus to discuss how Asia’s great powers are battling for greater political and economic influence in Africa. Join the discussion. Are you getting that sense that we’ve seen this before when some of the most powerful countries in the world set their sites on Africa? Is it different today than it was hundreds of years ago when Europeans were scrambling for Africa? Let us know what you think.
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