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Tweet of the Day: China’s All-Expense Paid Junkets for African Journalists Are Quite Effective at Building Goodwill

Today's Tweet comes from Ugandan journalist Sarah Kyobe who showcases how effective China's outreach to African journalists has been quite effective in building goodwill. The Chinese government spends a considerable amount of money every year to pay for hundreds of African journalists and media professionals to visit ...

U.S. Army Panel Discussion Explores Cultural and ‘Soft Power’ ‘Influences’ of China, Russia, and France in Africa

“Cultural and ‘Soft Power’ ‘Influences’ of China, Russia, and France in Africa” was the topic of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College’s Cultural and Area Studies Office (CASO) first presentation of the school year, Wednesday, Sep. 25, at the Lewis and Clark Center's Arnold Conference ...

China’s New Approach to Public Diplomacy in Africa

Chinese diplomatic missions in Africa have long had a reputation for being inaccessible, even unapproachable. Ambassadors often shied away from unscripted public events, journalists seeking any kind of comment were largely brushed away and engagement with local NGOs and civil society ...

In Africa, China Is the News

China's soft power projection in Africa is radically different from that of other countries, like the U.S. or France, where movies, music, and culture are used to foster support and allegiance. Even the Chinese realize that no matter how hard ...

Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in Africa

  The Chinese government has spent billions of dollars in Africa on public diplomacy initiatives that are intended to improve the country's image. Central to that strategy is the growing network of Confucius Institutes (CIs) spread across the continent that are designed to introduce ...

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 Stadium Diplomacy in Africa: Is It Worth It?

https://soundcloud.com/chinatalkingpoints/china-in-africa-podcast-3 If you are an African football fan then there is no better place to be these next few weeks than in the Gabonese capital Libreville where tens of thousands are ...

The Sino-U.S. Soft Power Showdown

Travel to almost any African capital and even before you make it from the airport to downtown there is a very high likelihood you will pass a Chinese construction project along the way.  From the new terminal at Jomo Kenyatta ...

The Chinese Winning Hearts, Minds and Wallets in Africa

In this edition of the “China in Africa” podcast, host Eric Olander speaks with Africa scholar Dr. David Robinson, Phd. of Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University about his recent article “Hearts, Minds and Wallets:  Lessons from ...

China in Africa: Understanding the “Negative Narrative”

In this edition of the China in Africa podcast, host Eric Olander talks with Washington, D.C.-based writer and journalist Te-Ping Chen. Chen is an editor for change.org where she writes extensively on sustainability and social entrepreneurship in the developing world.    In a recent post on 
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