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For the First Time in a Long Time, China Isn’t Looming in the Background of an Africa Summit… This Time It’s the U.S.

Over the past few years at various African summits organized by the Japanese, Europeans or Americans, China has emerged as a kind of benchmark that other foreign powers are now measured against in Africa. Beijing's dominance in African trade, infrastructure development, and technology adoption are all seen ...

How the U.S. Media Perceives and Communicates Chinese Railway Projects in the Belt and Road Initiative

This article was collectively written by China House Fellows Liang Bingyu 梁冰玉, Lu Xueying 鹿学颖, Ma Yingqian 马樱倩 and Wei Xiaoqing卫晓晴 "Wanna be rich? Build roads first!" There is ...

Why the Kenyan Media Portrays Negative Sentiment About the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway

This article was collectively written by China House Fellows Chen Xinyi 陈昕怡, Chi Jiaying (Lucy) 池佳颖, Wu Xunheng 吴训恒, and Xiong Keyi熊珂仪 The Mombasa-Nairobi Railway is considered as a poster project for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with both governments ...

How Do South African Media Report the Belt and Road Initiative?

This story was written collectively by China House Fellows Cao Yuning 曹雨凝, Dai Zhongxun戴中珣, Li Xiang李响, Ning Yingnan宁英男, and Shu Yuyan 舒钰嫣. In 2018, a seminar on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was held at Witwatersrand University in South Africa. ...

Chinese State Media Touts Capture of Rhino Horn Haul in Shanghai

Chinese customs officials at Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport seized seven rhino horns weighing almost 10kgs (22 pounds). The smugglers were apparently asked by a South African trafficker to transport the contraband, according to a video published this weekend on CGTN's YouTube channel. The exact ...

What Key Lessons Can African Countries Learn from the China-NBA Dispute

DISCLAIMER: The article raises a number of sensitive issues that are intended to inform and educate stakeholders in the China-Africa relationship about key political issues in China that influence current events. CAP Managing Editor Eric Olander, nor anyone else at the CAP, does not advocate for or ...

Report: EU Should Follow Example Set by China’s Development Path in Africa

A new report reportedly calls for an urgent overhaul of the EU aid strategy in Africa or else risk it's "global standing." In a bit of an odd twist, the authors of the report, or the so-called group of "wise persons" (yes, that's what they're called, no ...

While the U.S. and Japan Talk About Private Sector Engagement in Africa, Chinese Companies are Already Doing Multibillion-Dollar IPOs Based on African-based Businesses

Boston Consulting Group senior partner Grant Freeland issued a plea to American businesses to take Africa more seriously and to get in the game or risk "ceding the market to China." He didn't shy away about the reality that U.S. business leaders are way behind ...

The US/EU/JPN All Seem to Want to Challenge China’s Development Push in Africa… But They’ll Never Admit It

The U.S., Europeans and Japanese have all convened Africa-focused development summits in 2019 and one theme has emerged from all of them: everyone is keen to catch up or somehow rival China's dominance of the African infrastructure and development space.  ...

Why Would Uganda Write a Letter to Support China’s Position in Hong Kong?

The Ugandan government last week seemingly felt it necessary, very likely at the strong urging of the Chinese government, to draft a letter that reaffirms Beijing's sovereignty over Hong Kong and the importance of the one country, two systems policy in response to the past four months ...
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