China's offensive 'blackface' skit intended to highlight the positive aspects of China-Africa relations, has done the opposite.
In China, like in other parts of the world, Africa is routinely treated as a single unit, erasing its linguistic, racial and cultural diversity.
If US President Donald Trump is the consummate dealmaker he purports to be, he should find the low risk, high returns of greater US-China-Africa cooperation irresistible.
The Chinese government has an interest in presenting a positive narrative about Africa to its citizens. But the new commercial media is challenging this by prioritising sensational stories.
Much of the recent commentary on Sino-African relations has a negative tone. But genuine cultural exchange holds the promise of mutual enrichment.
The Africa-China summit will provide an opportunity to get a feel for how Chinese President Xi Jinping is responding to democratic developments in Africa.