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Q&A With African Educators Studying in China: What Went Well and What Could’ve Been Better

In the fall of 2010, East China Normal University launched the International Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy program co-sponsored by UNESCO and China's Ministry of Commerce. The one-year master program endorsed by China's Ministry of Education taught participants via lectures and seminars educational development skills such ...

Potential for Dairy-led Development Cooperation Between China and Africa

Blue skies and cows grazing on pristine green pastures. Smiling celebrities. Cultural heritage sites and healthy lifestyle motifs. Milk products with these images fly off the shelves in China. It’ s ultra-high temperature (UHT) long-life milk, stocking refrigerators and stacked room ...

What Is Chinese “Constructive Journalism” and Will It Work in Africa?

The Chinese definition of journalism is significantly different than that in most of Africa and for much of the rest of the world. Most importantly, the news media in China is tightly controlled by the communist party and, as such, is ...

Three New Chinese Trawlers Are on Their Way to Africa as Part of a Global Expansion of China’s Distant Fishing Fleet

China's notorious distant fishing fleet appears to be undertaking a major global expansion, particularly into Africa's already over-fished waters. The issue is sparking disputes between China and countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, where some leaders are now publicly challenging ...

Fishing Emerges as the Newest Flashpoint in the U.S.-China Standoff

The presence of China's distant water fishing (DWF) fleet in so many areas around the world made it almost inevitable that this too would become a point of contention in the increasingly acrimonious stand-off between the United States and China. Earlier ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Which Way is West?

One of the fun aspects of the China-Africa Project is that we don’t always agree. The work of pulling in different perspectives means that how we see reality is itself a negotiation, drawing on our different backgrounds. For example, one of the issues where Eric and I diverge is on whether the concept of The West makes any sense.

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New Extra Large Ports and Cargo Ships Put Guinea Squarely in the Middle of the China-Australia Political Dispute

Ports in China's Shandong and Fujian provinces will soon open four new berths that will be able to accommodate the super-large bulk vessels known as "Chinamax." This new port capability combined with these massive bulk carriers is prompting some analysts to focus more attention on the vast ...

W. Gyude Moore: Africa’s Position in the New “Cold War”

Former Liberian Minister of Public Works and now a Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, W. Gyude Moore, wrote a compelling 10-part Twitter thread on why African countries are strenuously avoiding taking sides in the rapidly escalating dispute between the ...

There’s an Emerging Consensus That the G20’s Debt Relief Efforts Are Going Nowhere

As leaders in Africa no doubt watch with some measure of disbelief how their wealthier peers in China, Europe, and the United States marshall trillion-dollar relief packages to fight the COVID-19 induced economic crisis, they've got to be wondering how it's possible that these rich countries still ...

Interested in Taking a Graduate-level Class in China-Africa Relations Taught by One of the Leading Scholars in the Field? Here’s What the Course Would Look Like.

David Shinn, a former U.S. ambassador and current adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. published the syllabus for his fall semester graduate-level course on China-Africa relations that will, not surprisingly, take place online due to COVID-19. ...