China tech in Africa is nothing new. Telecommunications giant Huawei has built around 70% of the continent’s 4G networks. Smartphone manufacturer Transsion commands 40% of Africa’s smartphone market. 

Over the past few months, TechNode has been mapping Chinese tech giants overseas empires. Initially focused on the US, Chinese companies have since 2018 slowed down investing in the country, as tensions between the two superpowers rise. As we’ve written previously, companies including Alibaba and Tencent have instead sharpened their focus on the developing markets of India and Southeast Asia. 

Africa is no different. Lifestyle services giant Meituan-Dianping, gaming behemoths Tencent and Netease, as well as Transsion have made big bets on African companies. Alibaba has taken a different approach by launching training programs for aspiring African entrepreneurs.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.