What a snapshot of
this moment in foreign policy: as China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarks this
week on his annual tour of African countries, the Pentagon is publicly disagreeing with U.S. President Trump about exactly which
Iranian sites might be targeted in possible airstrikes.
On the surface, the two don’t seem to have very much in common. After all, the China-Africa relationship and that between ...
One of the reasons the
China-Africa relationship is interesting is because even though it keeps
expanding into new areas, some of this momentum is also driven by the long
history between the two sides. Tracking China-Africa relations is to keep tabs
on how old issues morph into new ones. Here are three such dynamics. In each
case, they have a long history in the China-Africa ...
This week saw the launch of the newest phase of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR,) connecting the port in Mombasa to the Rift Valley town of Naivasha. The Mombasa-Naivasha section of the SGR cost $1.5 billion. It connects to the initial phase, between Nairobi and Mombasa, which cost $3.2 billion. Both phases were funded by China and built by Chinese construction companies. More than an infrastructure project, the SGR has ...
history of China-Africa relations, 2019 may come to be known as the year of the
mobile phone. It was a year when phones took on an outsized commercial and
political importance. Selling its Tecno phones in Africa carried Transsion, a
relatively unknown Chinese company, to an IPO north of $4 billion. Mobile
phones dragged Africa into the fight between Huawei and the US ...
This week we interviewed Miriam Driessen for an upcoming episode of the China in Africa Podcast about her fascinating new book Tales of Hope, Tastes of Bitterness: Chinese Road Builders in Ethiopia. Driessen is an anthropologist and spent years interviewing the Chinese workers employed on massive construction projects in East Africa. From an African perspective, these men are part of the problem. One of the most common complaints about China ...
Ready, Aim, Fire! China’s Outspoken Ambassador in South Africa Shoots Back Against Critics in US & EU
China’s ambassador to
South Africa, Lin Songtian, helmed a characteristically shoot-from-the-hip
session at a recent conference on China’s impact on African industrialization
at the University of Johannesburg. Lin accused Western countries of misrepresenting
Chinese financing to the continent as a trap, continuing: “Sometimes
some people don’t like to encourage China to do more things in Africa because
they don’t want to see the continent ...
There’s a real disconnect
at TICAD7 this year. This gap isn’t between Japan and Africa. Rather it’s
between the experience of being inside TICAD and how it’s represented in the
media. The dominant outside narrative is that TICAD is all about China – in
fact, phrasing this as Japan ‘taking on’ China in Africa has almost become a
However, the one place
In the future, when we look back on the 2010s, we might well identify it as the decade when tech became irreversibly entangled with geopolitics.
It was the decade of Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and Facebook-driven election interference. It is also the decade when the full force of the US government focused on one company: Chinese telecom firm Huawei.
The conflict between the United States and Huawei didn’t originate with the ...
Barry Van Wyk
Africa-China Reporting Project
University of International Business and Economics
Editor of Student xChange
The China Africa Project/Kenyon College
Paddy Siyanga Knudsen
International Organization for Migration
A local Ghananian publication, Star FM, published a news story on Saturday 28 December 2019, about 100 cars that were gifted to Ghana’s Police Service by the Chinese government. Explaining the gift, China’s ambassador to Ghana, Shi Ting Wang, said: “These vehicles will play an important role in fighting crime ...
While Ghana’s President, Nana Akuffo-Addo, is eyeing the next election; the Chinese are gazing at the opportunity to secure supply of strategic resources probably at the expense of the Ghanaian nation.
Atiwa forest is a 26,000 hectares area in the southeastern part of Ghana. It is ...
Three weeks ago, I attended the maiden edition of the Africa
Netpreneur Summit followed by the African Heroes Awards, an initiative of Jack
Ma Foundation in collaboration with Alibaba Group in Accra, Ghana. Upon
attending and reading numerous writeups about the event, I thought to add my
Perhaps the place that garnered the most attention on 16th November 2019 in Accra, Ghana was the Accra International Conference Center (AICC). What made it the most exciting place to be? The Jack Ma Foundation in Africa. Amongst the prominent people hosted at the event was Ghana’s president, HE Nana ...
This article was written collectively by the following China House Student Fellows: Ma Chenrui 马辰睿, 19, Zhengzhou University; Huang Rui 黄蕊, 20, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University; Zhang Ruoxuan 张若璿, 21, Jilin University and Xu Danlin 徐丹林, 30.
Is Sino-African fishing cooperation “mutually beneficial” or are China’s fishing fleets “taking all of ...
This article was collectively written by China House Fellows Ye Hongbo 叶宏波, 22, from Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics; Zhao Yi 赵诣, 20, from Nankai University; Wu Weiyang 武未央 from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics; Wang Zhi 王植, 20, from South China Normal University and Deng Wenjing 邓雯菁, ...
The distance between China and African cultural
backgrounds allows for differences to be easily observed and misinterpreted. The
mis-accusations of China’s wrongdoings in Africa (such as exploitation and debt-trap) often stem from overlooking or misunderstanding Chinese
traditions in interpersonal relationships. Born in China, raised in Canada,
I am a high school student in China. I have come to Kenya twice for field researches related to community development. This July, I went to Kenya again to do something different.
not a major destination for most of my classmates, who are more likely to spend
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 an old Chinese saying, “If you want to be rich, build roads first.” Standing on the front yard of the 21st ...
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 calling for a historical transformation in the project. Taking ...
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. Although Ambassador Lin Songtian made great efforts to dispel ...
Gioia Serena Wang is an international student based in Shanghai with an interest in education, culture, and the politics of West Africa. Growing up in a biracial household, Serena has been immersed in cross-cultural engagement and extended her passion abroad by being part of the Sage Experience, a two-week inclusive ...