Next week in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping will open the seventh Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the triennial summit gathering of the People's Republic of China's top leadership and their counterparts from all the African states except eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Taiwan's sole remaining diplomatic partner on the continent. A great deal has changed in Sino-African relations since the first FOCAC summit in 2000 as China has gone from being a rather new and relatively marginal actor in Africa to the continent's biggest economic partner. In short, China's engagement with Africa has evolved alongside the country's global grand strategy and one can say that the former is an important element in the latter. For Africans, this represents a great opportunity as well as significant risks, not least of which is the spiraling debt that some countries have run up acquiring Chinese-built infrastructure. All this should be a concern for policy makers in the United States.