Anybody who has vaguely followed African affairs this last decade must be aware of China's grand entrée into the continent. In the few years that have passed since Beijing's grand summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2006, the topic has transformed foreign policy agendas across the world and fuelled a highly polarized debate among academics, policy makers and journalists. When former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Senegalese university graduates in August last year that "unlike other countries, the US was committed to a model of sustainable partnership that adds value, rather than extracts it", she was alluding to the stereotypical vision of a resource hungry Chinese dragon, who is biting huge bits off the established Western spheres of influence. In reality, the story of China in Africa and its impact on African lives is much more nuanced. This article examines one element of this multidimensional relationship: the confusing expansion of China's Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Africa.