China in Africa

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Chinese constructor Liou stands next to a site in Nairobi on May 13, 2014. Kenyan contractors are losing out to Chinese firms that are grabbing lucrative construction tenders for private projects.

China’s presence in Africa has been growing and it is shaping, and reshaping, the future of millions of people. Howard French, prizewinning foreign correspondent and former New York Times bureau chief in Shanghai and in West and Central Africa, talks about China’s economic, political, and human presence across the African continent. In China’s Second Continent, French crafts a layered investigation, looking at policy-shaping moguls and diplomats and the ordinary men and women navigating the street-level realities of cooperation, prejudice, corruption, and opportunity in Africa.