The question put forward by the vast majority of works studying the relations between Africa and China is “What is China doing in Africa? What are the Chinese doing in Africa?”, thus often overlooking the anthropological dimension of social, economic, and political change in which African actors can reclaim their place – in other words an approach that decenters China and the Chinese by examining Africa and Africans in order to shed light on the microfoundations of the macroprocesses of development. The articles in this special issue offer a decentering of the approach to Afro-Chinese relations through an analysis of African agentive practices, in order to better assess to what extent the Chinese presence has responded or not to African demands, and how African actors have approached it and responded to it.

Hang Zhou

Post Doctoral Researcher

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