Over two decades have passed since the first Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was held in Beijing in 2000. China-Africa relations have evolved tremendously since then: emerging trends and patterns in a changing international scenario have shifted Chinese priorities towards new directions, from a growing security presence to an increasingly central role in Africa’s digital transformation processes. At the same time, more traditional areas of cooperation — such as African natural resources, agriculture, and health — remain crucial. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Africa, China, and the world at large has laid the groundwork for a new chapter of political, economic, and social ties, between continuity and change.
How did China-Africa cooperation change over the last twenty-one years? What are the main — and most strategic — sectors of China's footprint across the continent? How has China's presence been perceived locally and by 'Others'? How new is health cooperation?