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The Sleeping Giant has Awoken: China’s New Great

ByLeap Forward

Any effort at understanding China’s current engagement with Africa, and indeed its current foray into and investment in Africa, require delving deep into its background and the history of where China came from to where it currently is today. For African countries, the benefit of understanding this history will help them position themselves well in their current engagement with China. In this book, this history will start with the era of Mao Tse-Tung (also known as Mao Zedong). This is because it is when modern political and economic relations between China and Africa began.