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China’s Growing Influence in the Mideast, Persian Gulf & Mediterranean

China's crude imports from Saudi Arabia surged last year by 47% highlighting the Kingdom's growing importance to Beijing as a key oil supplier. This should also be concerning for Africa because the Chinese no longer feel as dependent on the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Africa Could Be the Winner as the U.S. Attempts to Stifle Huawei

This much is clear: 5G is coming. About 100 times faster than current mobile speeds, it will deliver faster internet to more people. One square kilometer of 4G can support about 4,000 devices. With 5G that jumps to about one million devices. But this doesn’t only mean more video on more phones. The jump from 4G to 5G is an exponential one, unlocking whole new generations of technology. It could bring ...

Africa Not Prepared to Deal With the Consequences of Economic Disruption in China

The Chinese economy is undergoing unprecedented economic disruption due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and African countries are largely unprepared for the impact that it's going to have on their economies. The prices of most major commodities oil, timber, copper that ...

Nigeria Doesn’t Want to Have to Choose Between the U.S. & China

Tensions between the United States and China have deteriorated significantly in recent years amid bitter disputes over trade, technology and geopolitical competition around the world. Other countries are increasingly being drawn into this rivalry and either directly or indirectly forced ...

U.S. Tries to Persuade Africa It’s a Credible Alternative to China

The United States regards Africa as a key arena to confront China's rising influence in the developing world. With its new $60 billion International Development Finance Corporation and its Prosper Africa policy framework unveiled last year, the Trump administration is working ...

Coronavirus & Africa: Why We All Need to Worry About Kenya

While the deadly Novel Coronavirus rips through China devouring hundreds of victims and infecting tens of thousands, Africa, so far, has had the good fortune to not have a single confirmed case. Experts, though, are not confident that Africa will remain ...

China’s Growing Media Influence in Africa

The Chinese government is becoming increasingly sophisticated in its use of media in Africa to get its message out to a wide variety of audiences across the continent. The most visible examples of this trend are the growing availability of Beijing's ...

Are African Governments Naive to Take on so Much Chinese Infrastructure Debt?

China, according to the prevailing "debt trap" narrative, is preying on vulnerable developing countries by loading them up with unsustainable amounts of debt that jeopardizes their sovereignty. When these countries inevitably default on the loans, according to the theory, China ...

2020 Will be a Big Year in the China-Africa Tech Sector

China's role in the African tech market is rapidly evolving away from just being a source of low-cost electronics to becoming the indispensable player in the continent's rapidly developing market for digital services, networking equipment and venture capital financing.

China Takes on a More Prominent Role in Mideast & Gulf Politics

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi kicked off his annual tour of Africa in Cairo this week where he met with senior Egyptian leaders to discuss the growing instability in North Africa, the Mideast, and the Persian Gulf.

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:  ...

The Rapidly Growing Market for Chinese Private Security Contractors in Africa

The recent kidnapping of three Chinese miners in the southwestern Nigerian state of Osun highlights the vulnerability that confronts the Chinese in many parts of Africa. Chinese companies are well-known for being willing to work in highly volatile regions, ...
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