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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 ...

Namibian Opposition Leader: “Chinese Must Respect Us”

Tensions between Chinese companies and local labor unions have been simmering all year and now it appears the issue is escalating into a charged political attack against the government for not doing enough to protect worker rights. "People are ...

Anti-Colonialism Remains a Central Tenant of China’s Engagement in Africa

Colonialism and imperialism are the kinds of subjects that students in the U.S. and Europe study in school, framed within the assumption that they have very little applicability in contemporary geopolitics. But for the Chinese, these issues remain very close to the surface and make up a ...

Debunking the Chinese Unskilled Labor Myth in Africa

Antony Blinken is just the latest U.S. Secretary of State to accuse China of bringing over large numbers of unskilled workers to build infrastructure in Africa, presumably at the expense of local labor. Every Secretary of State over the last decade ...

Gyude Moore Tries To Dispel Some of the Most Durable American Misperceptions About the Chinese in Africa

Gyude Moore, the former Liberian public works minister and now a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development joined prominent China scholar Damien Ma, director and co-founder of MacroPolo, the in-house think tank of the Paulson Institute in Chicago, for an online discussion that ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Big Chill

Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing hand-wringing in Western capitals about how the money China is spending in the Global South translates into direct political influence. This week research was published that quantifies the issue.

A new report by Foreign Policy Research Institute tracked how increased Chinese spending (both loans and foreign direct investment) in African countries aligns with those countries’ voting in the United Nations General Assembly ...

Infographic Highlights How Nigeria Doesn’t Actually Owe China That Much Money

A new infographic circulating online showcases data from Nigeria's Debt Management Office and clearly shows the relatively small amount of debt owed to China compared to that of private creditors and multilateral lenders (as of June 2020). This runs counter ...

How China Finances All That Infrastructure Construction in Africa is Starting to Change. Here’s How.

For several years now, as debt levels in a number of African countries have risen to alarming heights, Chinese and African officials have reportedly been looking for new ways to evolve the traditional resource-for-infrastructure (RFI) deals that critics on both sides of this relationship contend saddles African ...

The Top Ten Most Popular Episodes of The China in Africa Podcast in 2019

The following is a list of the most downloaded episodes of The China in Africa Podcast in 2019. If you're not already a subscriber, you can do so on iTunes or anywhere you get your podcasts. 1. CHINA-AFRICA 101:  ...

China-Africa 101: China’s Role in Africa’s Debt

One of the most talked-about issues in Africa-China relations today is debt. Africa is borrowing heavily from China and many observers worry that African governments do not have the capability to pay it back. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s trillion-dollar effort to connect Asia, Europe, ...

China-Africa 101: Sino-Indian Competition for Influence in African Indian Ocean Islands

In August 2017, China constructed its first overseas base in Djibouti. This gives considerable advantage to China’s ambitions in the Indian Ocean. As CNN reports, the base is near the Bab el Mandeb Strait which is one of the planet’s busiest shipping lanes and one of the ...
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