The relationships among the countries of Africa with China are diverse, sometimes contentious, and sometimes economically beneficial. Leaders of many Africa countries are at continual odds as to whether or not associations with China will lead to long-term economic stability. In the meantime, China has not let up in its bold and incessant investments into the continent, supporting (and possibly exploiting) industries and infrastructure.
While we continue to read news pieces about these ongoing connections between Africa and China, we look to an interesting debate organized by Intelligence Squared, based in the United Kingdom with a branch in the United States. In November 2011, at Cadogan Hall in London, speakers including George Ayittey, the president of the Free Africa Foundation, and Stephen Chan, a professor at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies at London University, gathered to debate the ever-growing issues between China and Africa.