The birthplaces of African leaders receive an awful lot of aid. Much of it comes from China
In 2010 Yang Jiechi, then China’s foreign minister, visited Yoni, a village in Sierra Leone. Mr Yang had a job to do: hand over a fancy new school, financed by Chinese aid, to the local authorities. Sierra Leone certainly needed more schools, but some wondered why the Chinese chose the middle of the bush for the project.
This is an excerpt of a piece I wrote for the print issue of The Economist. Click here to read in full