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.
The time has come for developed nations to eliminate the large pockets of ignorance which exist in their societies about Africa and other peoples. Globalisation demands that people think differently.
Although ‘race’ as a biological category was discredited long ago, racial thinking or racialism is still common in China.
China has many climate issues, but the steps the country is taking to combat these issues is being recognised worldwide.
China needs to do more to manage the balance between conservation and tourism to protect its rich biodiversity.
For the grand plans unveiled at the China-Africa summit to succeed, Africa will have to cooperate more extensively. The larger and more successful nations need to become sub-regional leaders.
China's experience indicates that special economic zones can help countries in Africa attract foreign investors, diversify their economies and promote manufacturing.
China's Confucius Institutes given foreigners a chance to learn more about the country. Africa must be careful that its universities' partnerships with Confucius Institutes don't create dependency.
China offers an alternative to traditional donors and investors in low- and middle-income countries. Adding to its appeal is its focus on infrastructure projects.