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Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and China’s President Xi Jinping at the 2018 summit in Beijing.

Ties between African countries and China are complex. Understanding this matters

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Yu-Shan Wu, Chris Alden and Cobus van Staden, The Conversation — The complex relationship between Africa and China has become even more complicated this year. Initially, 2018 was set to reaffirm the bond through the latest Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit held in Beijing in September. The summit delivered its usual pageant of African leaders, side deals, and the announcement of a USD$60 billion financing package. The year also saw the recurrence of misgivings about…

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In Ouidah, Benin, a man walks past a statue of Francisco Félix de Souza, a major slave merchant who worked in the 18th and 19th centuries in what is now Benin and is considered the father of the city. The statue is covered with lights.

An African country reckons with its history of selling slaves

By News & Current Affairs

Benin was a hub of the slave trade. But many people want to forget their families’ role. By Kevin Sieff, Washington Post — OUIDAH, Benin — Less than a mile from what was once West Africa’s biggest slave port, the departure point for more than a million people in chains, stands a statue of Francisco Félix de Souza, a man regarded as the father of this city. There’s a museum…

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