Ten years ago, Malawi terminated its 41-year-old ties with Taiwan in preference for China. For critics, government was flirting with a red dragon coming to devour jobs, land and business opportunities meant for locals

In 2017 Nation Publications Limited (NPL) journalist, Andrew Mtupanyama travelled around Malawi to compile a detailed visual picture of China’s major infrastructural projects to enable readers to see the real appearance of the projects close up. He also aimed to capture the impact the projects have had on local communities and economic opportunities they have created. He visited the following Chinese-funded projects in Malawi:

  • Karonga-Chitipa Road in Northern Malawi
  • Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) in Thyolo District in Southern Malawi
  • Umodzi Park (including Bingu International Convention Centre, Presidential Villas and the President’s Hotel) in Lilongwe City in Central Malawi
  • Chinese Village in Lilongwe City in Central Malawi Parliament Building in Lilongwe City in Central Malawi
    Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe City in Central Malawi

This story was originally published on the Africa-China Reporting Project, a Wits Journalism project. Read the full story here