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Mali's $11 billion Chinese Gamble

Mali appears to be engaged in a risky diplomatic face-off with China over a proposed $11 billion rail project. While Chinese officials have refused to publicly commit to the project, Malian leaders say the two mine-to-coast rail contracts have actually been finalized. Other African ...

The BRICS Bank: China's Drive To Shake Up Development Finance

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (aka the 'BRICS') are moving forward with an ambitious plan to shake up the clubby world of development finance. The new BRICS bank announced over the summer 2014 is expected to have a profound impact on the ...

A Career in China-Africa Research

Dr. Yoon Jung Park is among the most well-known Sino-Africa scholars in the field. Dr. Park has taught and done research on China-African affairs for over 20 years at universities in both the U.S. and Africa. Now based in Washington D.C., where she co-founded ...

Report: Chinese Diplomats & Officials Tied To Ivory Trade in Africa

A recent report by the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) alleges Chinese diplomats and officials are directly involved in the ivory trade in Africa. Most damaging, the EIA reports that even some members of visiting Chinese president Xi Jinxing's delegation smuggled dozens of kilos ...

China's Booming Africa Trade in Torture Devices

Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation recently published a new report that alleges China is selling hundreds of millions of dollars in so-called 'torture tools' to African governments. Despite mounting evidence these devices are being used to ...

China's Role in Africa's Illegal Wildlife Trade

China's seemingly insatiable demand for African wildlife is pushing dozens, and possibly hundreds of species towards extinction. While elephant and rhino poaching receive most of the attention, chimpanzees, gorillas, and pangolins are among the many other animals that are brutally captured ...

How South Sudan is Changing China

It's widely accepted that China is having a profound impact on China but rarely are African countries credited with changing China. The rare exception is South Sudan. China's complex economic and political interests in the country are prompting Beijing to re-think ...

Love & Hate: Michael Sata's Complex Relationship with China

  Few figures defined China's early engagement more than Zambia's late president Michael Sata. As as opposition leader, the man known as the "King Cobra" was among Beijing's most vocal critics in Zambia but later, once in power, became an avid supporter of China's ...

Tanzania's President Knows How to Play the China Card

Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete returned from Beijing this week loaded with $17 billion in new loans, investment deals and infrastructure projects. The Tanzanian leader spent 6 days in Beijing where he met with senior Chinese political and business leaders. Kikwete's lucrative trip highlights the ...

Comparing Chinese & African Economic Development

Hannah Ryder has been on the job as the United Nations Development Program's Deputy Country Director for China for just a couple of months. Although she's new to China, Ryder is a veteran development professional with experience in Europe and Africa. A Kenyan-native, Ryder ...
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