06/21/2021 – Despite claims of promoting ‘soft power’, China seeks to consolidate hegemonic control in Africa

Posted on Jun 21, 2021

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ANI21 June 2021·3-min read

Chinese President Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping

Beijing [China], June 22 (ANI): Despite Chinese President Xi Jinping’s tall claims of promoting ‘soft power’ in Africa, Beijing is deploying strategic activities, employing aggressive propaganda efforts with sharp objectives in order to establish a positive image and consolidate a hegemonic control.

Jianli Yang for National Review writes that amid the criticism that China is pursuing an exploitative strategy in Africa, with its increasing soft-power projections including COVID-19 vaccines, propaganda efforts have intensified to portray China as a positive, benign development partner.

The increasing investments in media, the growing number of Confucius Institutes, the organization of grand cultural festivals, and the generous giving of scholarships have all been embraced to establish China’s strong foothold on the continent.

Meanwhile, resentment amongst the African populace toward the Chinese diaspora on the continent has emerged, fueled by incidents such as the recent ill-treatment of Africans in Guangzhou. In the absence of strong linguistic and cultural affinities between the two, interactions between Chinese and Africans remain quite restricted.

Despite this, Chinese media is gaining a deeper presence on the continent, at a time when Western media have largely retreated from the African landscape, according to National Review.

Beijing has also been actively pursuing its dream of gaining control over local sports markets and securing access to major sports events in Africa. The initiative is aimed at both control and economic gains. The Chinese scheme involves advancing and flooding its own low-grade domestic products into local African markets to demonstrate its ability to match international brands.

At the same time, to nurture demand, Chinese authorities have been constructing sports facilities in many poor African countries that were severely lacking sports infrastructure, including stadiums and the requisite training facilities for sports.