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Experts see China’s presence in Africa as a testing ground for a new kind of multilayered engagement around the world.
Mnangagwa is under pressure to bring back foreign investors and resolve a severe currency shortage, mass unemployment and dramatic price increases.
China and Russia are working to expand their influence across Africa, hoping to outspend or out-compete the United States.
China is now Cuba’s biggest trading partner and has launched a major development at the Port of Mariel to nurture investment in biotech and other enterprises. Cubans say even more Chinese investment is needed, especially for Chinese tourism.