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Q&A: How Illegal Chinese Logging Fuels the Islamic Insurgency in Mozambique

This Spring’s crackdown on illegal mining activities in Ghana, including by some Chinese nationals, and the recent high-profile incidents of illicit mining by Chinese companies in the eastern DR Congo have put a spotlight on the issue of unregulated Chinese resource extraction in other ...

Q&A: Why Banning Chinese Fish Imports Is Not a Good Idea in Kenya

Soon after reports emerged that Kenya’s Agriculture Committee in parliament proposed legislation that would restrict Chinese fish imports into the country, Safina Musa, a fisheries scientist at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, called for a reconsideration of the plan in a column she ...

Q&A: Adding Value to Agricultural Exports to China Will be Key to Ethiopia’s Post-COVID Recovery

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is among the greatest challenges facing the global community today. While Ethiopia has had an overall successful response to the pandemic with a low rate of infections and deaths, the country has been negatively affected by global trends. According to the World ...

Q&A: Liberia’s Decision to Deny Fishing Permits to 6 Chinese Super Trawlers “Sends a Powerful Message”

After months of deliberations, Liberia's National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) announced last week that it would deny permits to six Chinese super-trawlers to fish in its territorial waters. The trawlers arrived earlier this year and immediately sparked widespread concern that their ability to catch 12,000 metric ...

Q&A: Judd Devermont on How African Governments Can Position Themselves in the U.S.-China Standoff

The overwhelming majority of African countries enjoy robust ties with both China and the United States but those relations are under increasing strain as Washington's relations with Beijing further deteriorate. In recent months, a number of African leaders have expressed their desire to stay out of what's ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

To this point, Foreign Affairs this week published a poll asking a stellar group of experts whether American foreign policy is too hostile to China. Not surprisingly they got ...

Q&A: Is China Helping or Hindering Africa’s Efforts to Future-proof Food Security?

How to ensure food security on the African continent is a major question for African policy makers, businesses and the international community. A recent report by Mckinsey highlighted that 650–670 million people in Africa, roughly half the population, already face food insecurity with more than 250 ...

Q&A: Nigerian Representative Ben Igbakpa Explains Why He Wants to Investigate 20 Years of Chinese Loans

April marked the beginning of major turbulence in China-Africa relations following reports of racism against Africans in Guangzhou. Then the unprecedented happened when African ambassadors wrote a joint letter to the Chinese government demanded an explanation for the maltreatment of Africans in China.

Q&A: “Pleasantly Surprised” Pompeo Did Not Focus on China During Recent Africa Tour

Prior to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's arrival in Africa for his three-nation tour that wrapped up in Ethiopia on Thursday, Gabon-based China-Africa analyst Cornelia Tremann wrote a column for The Lowy Institute's "The Interpreter" website where she made a series of recommendations for what ...

Q&A: China’s Role in Washington’s Divided, Confusing Foreign Policy Towards Africa

Friday's announcement that the United States government will impose travel and visa restrictions on four African countries left a lot of Africa policy observers somewhat perplexed. While there had been rumors for days leading up to the decision that Nigeria was going to be on the ...

Q&A: Growing Demand in Africa for China’s Private Security Contractors

Three Chinese miners in the Southwestern Nigerian state of Osun were kidnapped at gunpoint last week, with one reportedly shot while trying to flee. Although all three hostages were released a few days later, the abduction once again reminded Chinese stakeholders across the continent as to ...
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