14 February 2024, 19:00 - 20:00hrs, Zoom
Money and power: China’s influence in sub-Saharan Africa

Malheureusement, l’invitation n’est disponible qu’en allemand et en anglais. Nous essayons toujours d’élargir notre offre en langue française et vous remercions de votre compréhension.

China has become a key player in sub-Saharan Africa: the country is the largest trading partner in the region and its economic interests and political influence have increased significantly in recent decades. According to the International Monetary Fund, Chinese direct investment totalled three billion US dollars in 2021, a quarter of total foreign direct investment. In addition to its financial involvement, the People’s Republic of China also exerts political influence. For example, the country has had over 15 parliament buildings built or renovated in Africa and maintains close relations with governing parties.

What strategy is China pursuing in its policy towards the countries in sub-Saharan Africa? Where do Chinese interests lie? How are the states in sub-Saharan Africa reacting to China’s involvement? And what does this mean for Europe and Germany?

We would like to discuss these and other questions with our guests, the sinologist Dr Marina Rudyak, and the project manager of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in East Africa, Stefan Schott – and with you!




Sonia Li Amend, Programme Manager, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Welcome remarks:

Sabine Odhiambo, Secretary General, German Africa Foundation


Dr Marina Rudyak, Assistant Professor, Institute for Sinology, University of Heidelberg

Stefan Schott, Project Manager East Africa, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom


Moderation: Zoë van Doren, Global Digitalisation and Innovation Officer, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom


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