Claims of Chinese self-isolation reflect a longstanding, global "Yellow Peril" discourse that persists despite discrediting evidence.
Not enough credit is given to the agency African governments have in their dealings with China.
Relations between the US and Africa are unlikely to improve while Trump remains president. But that doesn't mean the continent should remain passive.
US President Donald Trump hasn't proposed new initiatives for Africa but didn't end those launched by his predecessors either.
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.