China’s presence is visible throughout Africa. But nowhere so much as in Zambia, the African nation where it invested the most money last year. The ties between Beijing and Lusaka are strong and have been around for decades. Today, China owns a third of Zambia’s government debt. It has invested in the mining and industrial sector, but also in agriculture. Some Zambians condemn this Chinese presence as a form of neo-colonialism.
Our reporters, Nicolas Germain, Roméo Langlois and Yi Song, gained unparalleled access to Chinese companies in Africa. Here are some excerpts from their documentary “Zambia: Under Chinese Influence”, which will be published online in its full version in April 2021.