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China-Africa 101: Do Regular Africans Approve? Polls & Stories on China’s Likeability

Many African leaders often praise the Asian country as a reliable partner in Africa. They say their relationship is a “win-win,” and paint an optimistic picture for the future. Critics, however, are skeptical. They believe that the close relationship ...

Case Study: Chinese Recycling Firm Creates Jobs while Cleaning Up Lusaka

Isabel Tembo, a mother of 2, wakes up every morning and heads to a local dumpsite in Zambia’s capital - Lusaka to join several other jobless women who pick through piles of garbage to collect plastic bottles for sale. ...

Q&A: Chinese Sales of Surveillance Technology to African Governments is Understandably Worrisome but in no way Exceptional

The recent Wall Street Journal investigation that revealed Huawei employees allegedly aided the Ugandan and Zambian governments to spy on political opponents confirmed, in many peoples' minds, the suspicions about Huawei and how the company presents a viable threat to civil rights, particularly in non-democratic societies. ...

Podcast Transcript: Will China Come to the Rescue of South Africa’s Ailing Energy Giant Eskom?

Eric: Hello and welcome to another edition of the China in Africa podcast. I'm Eric Olander and as always I'm joined by Cobus Van Staden, senior China Africa Researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, South Africa. ...

China-Africa 101: Japan & China – Asian Players Competing on the African Continent

During the 2016 TICAD summit, Japan appeared to woo its African counterparts by emphasizing what China has long been criticized for: shoddy quality of projects. Speaking with African heads-of-state in Nairobi, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not name China but certainly alluded to the issue of ...

Q&A: How Will Japan Differentiate Its Africa Development Policy from China’s

The seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development will take place in Yokohoma on August 29th where delegates from 54 African countries and international organizations are expected to attend. Some of the key themes that are expected to emerge from this year's summit are already starting to ...

How the U.S.-China Conflict Over Huawei Could Play out in Africa

In the future, when we look back on the 2010s, we might well identify it as the decade when tech became irreversibly entangled with geopolitics. It was the decade of Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and Facebook-driven election interference. It is also the ...

Podcast Transcript: What Lessons Can Africa Draw From China in Urban Transportation?

ERIC: Hello and welcome to another edition of the China in Africa podcast. I'm Eric Olander and as always I'm joined by Cobus Van Staden, a senior  China-Africa researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, South Africa. ...

Podcast Transcript: Kenya Tribunal Blocks Chinese-Financed Coal Power Plant

Eric: Hello, and welcome to another edition of China in Africa podcast. I'm Eric Olander and as always, I'm joined by Cobus van Staden, a senior China-Africa researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, ...
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