Will Africans ever scale the Great Wall of China?

Wednesday September 12 2018

Great Wall of China

Over 40 African leaders in Beijing all had a photo of them shaking Xi’s hand at the same spot. In the background is a giant photo of the Great Wall of China, the bulk of which was built in 220–206 BC by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. PHOTOS | AFP 

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The 3rd Forum for China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) has just ended in Beijing.

Every African country, except eSwatini (Swaziland) was represented in Beijing. eSwatini is in bed with Taiwan, which China sees at its own territory. You can’t be married to Taiwan and also have an affair with China if you are a small African country.

Every African leader who isn’t suffering from post-coup traumatic stress disorder (PCTSD, read Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza), or is too sick to climb up the stairs of the Great Hall of the People (read Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika), or is about to leave power in exhaustion (read DR Congo’s Joseph Kabila), or is an intemperate hermit (read Eritrea’s Isaias Afeworki), was in China.

Oddly, Tanzania’s John Pombe Magufuli too didn’t show