African Cities Are Starting to Look Eerily Like Chinese Ones

An aerial shot of Kilamba City, an urban district in Luanda, Angola financed and constructed by Chinese firms. (Michiel Hulshof and Daan Roggeveen)

It’s easy to see China’s footprint in Africa. On the outskirts of Nairobi, a new highway built by a Chinese firm is crowded with bumper-to-bumper traffic, many of the cars set on tires imported from China. The landscape is dotted with construction sites and, every so often, the logo of another Chinese construction...

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