The Chinese government says that it is Senegal’s largest foreign investor, with $1.6bn in investment.
Many Chinese migrants have made Dakar their home after arriving to work on these investment projects.
This has caused a rise in anti-Chinese sentiment, in Senegal and throughout Africa.
So China’s government is on a charm offensive trying to win over hearts and minds of people in countries they are investing in.
Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from the capital, Dakar.