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In the 19th Century, Francis Galton made a case for framing British policy on Africa in terms of the replacement of Africa’s ‘negro’ population with the ‘China man’ because the China man- had every desirable trait. This policy may never have materialised but today, the relationship between Africa and China has taken the form of expanded trade and economic relations with a huge influx of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from China to African states. This paper examines this burgeoning economic relationship through the lens of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) entered into between China and African states. This paper examines some of the typical challenges posed by standard BITs and then examines how current China-Africa BITs have addressed those challenges.

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