Chinese President Xi Jinping hinted at this trend at the recent Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, where he told a group of lawmakers, "We both advocate a development path suited to our national conditions and are both committed to upholding the rights and interests of developing countries. We both oppose intervention in domestic affairs, racial discrimination and unilateral sanctions."
The last decade in these regions has seen a significant decline in American popularity and a rise in Chinese investment. In 2010, 81% of respondents in Nigeria, Africa's largest economy, held a favorable view of the U.S., compared to just 62% in 2019. In that same period, China-Africa trade volume rose from $114.81 billion in 2010 to $254 billion in 2021.