China's African spending spree

From dams to super-highways, from mining sites to research centres, from the African Union headquarters to stadiums and railways, China boasts a strong and growing presence in Africa.

Analysts see these projects as a bid by China to increase its soft power across the resource-rich continent. Chinese interest is reciprocated by many governments in Africa, which welcome the inflow of capital - and appreciate the fact that, unlike many Western governments, China does not urge them to respect human rights or foster democratic systems.

But China’s growing influence has alienated some in Africa as well, who resent what they describe as a form of economic colonialism and decry Chinese companies’ treatment of local workers.

Whatever your opinion, Chinese investments in Africa are changing the face of the continent. And these investments are growing.

Click on the “Tour” button to take a look at selected Chinese projects in Africa, or explore data on China’s African presence by clicking on the “Overview” tab.