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Beware of the Chinese Chicken Trope in Zambia

A fascinating on-air skirmish broke out on the FRANCE 24 talk show The Debate last week during a conversation over Chinese investment and influence in Zambia. One of the show's guests, acclaimed China-Zambia scholar Solange Guo Chatelard took the network's correspondent, Nicolas Germain, to task for referencing ...

Disclose the Debt!

If you’re into curling up with a cup of coffee and an 85-page report on Chinese lending, you can’t go wrong with AidData’s How China Lends: A Rare Look into 100 Debt Contracts with Foreign Governments (PDF). One of the most striking findings in ...

The Shifting Landscape of Chinese Financing to Africa

Today we feature a fascinating discussion with Deborah Brautigam and Kevin Gallagher, two of the world’s foremost experts on Chinese lending to the Global South. The conversation provides a glimpse of an emerging landscape: how Chinese influence will shift, and how those shifts will impact the Global ...

Update on the Current State of China-Zambia Relations

The recent visit to Zambia by China's top foreign policy official Yang Jiechi highlights the outsized importance Lusaka plays in Beijing's broader Africa strategy. Relations between the countries are among China's oldest on the continent, dating back to the anti-colonial struggles ...

The Zambian Employee Who Pulled His Chinese Boss on a Cart Says The Whole Thing Was Just a Big Misunderstanding

Two videos surfaced today on Twitter that seem to show a Zambian employee who was recorded pulling his Chinese boss on a trolley cart saying that the resultant outrage is a big fuss over nothing. The employee explained that his boss treats him very well ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

What We’ve Lost in the Fire

This weekend was a rough one for South Africa. On Sunday, the country watched as fires around Table Mountain slowly started creeping downhill, towards the beautiful campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Soon it was confirmed that the university’s African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire. Librarians are still trying ...

Zambia Says It’s Investigating the Chinese “Trolley Man” After Racist Video Goes Viral

Zambian Labor Secretary Chanda Kaziya said an investigation is underway of the Chinese national who was recorded on video being pulled on a trolley by a local employee. He was immediately forced to get off the cart after a group of young men intervened and ordered him down, ...

From Ideology to Economics: The Evolution of China-Zambia Ties

China's relations with Zambia date back to the Mao era in the 1960s and in many ways serve as the foundation of Beijing's broader engagement on the continent today. Dr. Emmanuel Matambo of the Africa-China Studies Centre at the University of ...

Washington’s Schizophrenic China-Africa Debate

There are two totally different conversations going on in Washington, D.C. these days about how to frame China's engagement in Africa. Down at the State Department and even at the Pentagon, there's a concerted effort underway to evolve U.S. policy away from the confrontational approach of the ...

China Becomes a Major Focus in U.S. House Hearing About Elections in Africa

China emerged as a prominent theme at a virtual hearing on Tuesday convened by the U.S. House of Representatives's foreign affairs subcommittee on Africa to discuss what the U.S. can do to better support democracy and elections in Africa. Lawmakers from both parties expressed concern about the ...

Update on the Chinese Debt Situation in Africa

Chinese debt relief talks are underway in a number of African countries including Angola, Zambia, Kenya, and Ethiopia among others but you wouldn't really know it. Officials on all sides aren't saying much and there's relatively little press coverage on the ...
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