Africa is a vibrant, rich, and diverse continent with fifty-four countries. China’s relationship with many of these African nations is more intertwined than ever. China stands as the single largest trading partner of the continent. It serves as a major lender for many African countries. Since the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative, China has sent tens of thousands of Chinese citizens to African countries. China also maintains a growing military presence in the region and plays a key role in bolstering African countries’ domestic and international security and surveillance apparatus.