The new scramble for Africa?

The demand for power in Africa has become a major international issue. China has taken the lead in financing many power projects across the continent — mostly hydroelectric dams, but also solar power plants and wind farms. Private companies from Asia, the United States and Europe are also supplying power to an increasing number of countries.

Compare this to construction of the Cahora Basa Dam in Mozambique in the waning days of Portugal’s empire. Indeed, China is even involved in efforts to expand the capacity of the Cahora Basa Dam.