Understanding China’s Expansive Interest In Africa’s Space Sector

Which countries are China's primary partners/clients in Africa's space sector? How much of influence does China have in Africa's space asset? Is China's approach development or commercially driven, or both? Why did China provide a total of USD 99 million to Egypt's space program and helped Ethiopia launch its first satellite? How does China compare to the U.S., Russia and Europe in space cooperation with Africa?

Ethiopian Prime Minister visits China Academy of Space Technology
Ethiopian Prime Minister visits China Academy of Space Technology

In December 2004, the Nigerian government contracted the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) for the turnkey and in-orbit delivery of the Nigerian Communications Satellite, NigComSat-1. Estimated at USD 300 million and funded by China EXIM Bank, the deal marked China’s first export of a turnkey satellite and launch service, paving the way for Beijing’s…

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