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How China & U.S. Are "Complementary Rivals" in Africa

  There is a persistent meme within the international media that China's rise in Africa represents a "new scramble" for resources on the continent or a new form of colonialism. Beijing-based China-Africa analyst and attorney Kai Xue says contrary to this view, increased engagement ...

Critique of Al Jazeera's "The New Scramble for Africa"

Al Jazeera English's Marwan Bashara hosts a compelling episode of the documentary series "Empire" on "The New Scramble for Africa." The program is yet another in a series of high-quality programs from AJE that explore China's engagement ...

China Looms Over the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

For the first time an American president is convening a summit of almost every African head of state. The stated goal of Barack Obama's US-Africa Leaders Summit is to focus on US trade and investment, while publicly stating that the event in no way ...

The China-Africa Honeymoon Is Over

There is a growing sense among Africans and Chinese alike that their once heady romance is now entering a new, more pragmatic phase. Across Africa, people and politicians are becoming visibly more concerned about the surging trade deficits, massive loan debts, persistent labor rights ...

CCTV Africa: Frontline of China's Soft-Power Diplomacy

Since its launch in 2012, CCTV Africa has grown considerably in its distribution and programming. However, the central question remains as to whether or not anyone is actually watching to justify the massive investment undertaken by the Chinese government. According to research by leading ...

China's New Diplomatic Strategy in Africa: Humility

Just a few weeks after visiting Chinese premier Li Keqiang admitted that China was going through "growing pains" in its engagement Africa,

U.S. & China in Africa: Competition or Cooperation?

The United States and China are competing for markets and influence in a number of theaters around the world, none more so than in Africa. While Beijing's "no strings attached" approach is certainly popular among Africa's elites, the United States remains a potent economic ...

China's New Diplomacy in Africa

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang wrapped up his four-nation tour of Africa where he set out to broaden Beijing's diplomacy on the continent beyond natural resource extraction. Li was well-received in each stop along his journey and seemingly received high marks for China's new, ...

China's PM Aims to Reset Relations with Africa

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has embarked on his first official visit to Africa since becoming premier and he has indicated that he hopes to re-orient Beijing's relations with the content beyond trade and natural resource extraction. This week on the program, Eric and ...

China's New Competitor: Africa

By Edward Paice and Jonathan Bhalla of the Africa Research Institute “China: friend or foe?” was the title of a special Q & A session with the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, on Tuesday 30 July. Of course loaded leading ...
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