Why Africa welcomes China’s friendship ?

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses the opening ceremony of the Coordinators' Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on the China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing, China, June 25, 2019. /Xinhua Photo

There is a debate among geopolitical commentators about the merits and even intentions of Chinese engagement in Africa. Some suggest the Chinese seek to undermine democracy; others accuse China of saddling the continent with decades of ultimately un-repayable debt; few seem to believe that China genuinely has the interests of Africa at heart. And almost no one in the international community cares to ask the views of Africans themselves.