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China’s promise to build Zimbabwe’s new parliament building is part of a longstanding diplomatic practice in Africa

3 months ago
Sky Canaves
hina funded public buildings in the early years of its diplomatic engagement with Africa as a friendly gesture, and the trend is back with recent projects in Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Mozambique, among other places.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.