China influence seen as strong, positive in Tanzania


China has a greater influence on Tanzania than any other country and is a preferred model for Tanzania’s future development, the latest Afrobarometer survey suggests.

Tanzanians see China’s economic and political influence on Tanzania as mostly positive, the survey shows. But only about half of Tanzanians say that Chinese assistance does “somewhat of a good job” or “a very good” of meeting Tanzania’s needs.

Chinese business investments and investments in infrastructure are leading factors contributing to China’s positive image in Tanzania, while perceptions of Chinese products contribute both positively (related to their cost) and negatively (related to their quality) to China’s image in Tanzania.

These results come at a time when China’s economy and global profile have been growing, along with its demand for natural resources, which may have implications on the dynamics of longstanding Tanzania-China relations.

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