Now, it looks set to conquer even more markets, as a result of US President Donald Trump’s new trade tariffs.
The visit to Senegal was Xi’s first trip to West Africa as a leader.
At a joint news conference with Senegalese President Macky Sall, he said Africa was China’s”‘natural ally” and announced several new deals.
But who benefits from this relationship?
Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault
Dan Wang – analyst at the Economist’s Intelligence Unit
Adama Gaye – former director of information at the Economic Community of West African States
Andreas Fulda – lecturer at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham