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The Chinese Quagmire in Sudan

As fighting between the rival Sudans resumes and an all-out civil war appears increasingly likely, China is seemingly stuck in the middle without a clear plan. Despite its best efforts to calm the situation through mediation, Beijing has ...

China Grapples with 'Hostage Politics' in Africa

China’s unprecedented expansion across Africa encountered a dramatic setback this past week with the kidnapping of dozens of its nationals in both Egypt and Sudan. In all, over 50 Chinese workers were taken captive and although most have now been released, an ...

China's Stadium Diplomacy in Africa: Is It Worth It?

https://soundcloud.com/chinatalkingpoints/china-in-africa-podcast-3 If you are an African football fan then there is no better place to be these next few weeks than in the Gabonese capital Libreville where tens of thousands are ...

China's Big Media Push in Africa

China took a big step in pursuit of its ambitions to become a global media power with the launch of its new Nairobi-based African CCTV African service on January 13. Beijing is reportedly committing upwards of a billion dollars ...

China Hardens Stance Against Libya

The Chinese government stepped up its criticism on Thursday of US and European air strikes on Libya. "We believe that the objective of enforcing the U.N. Security Council resolution is to protect humanitarian (objectives) and not to create an even bigger humanitarian disaster,"foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang ...

China's Role in the Egyptian Revolution

China’s rise impacts the economy and political conscience of most countries. The scenes of protest and discontent have been felt across the Arab world January of 2011  and center on a disaffected youth’s desire for a better future – and a say in the crafting of that future. In this ...

The Sino-U.S. Soft Power Showdown

Travel to almost any African capital and even before you make it from the airport to downtown there is a very high likelihood you will pass a Chinese construction project along the way.  From the new terminal at Jomo Kenyatta ...

China in Africa Podcast: “Aid, Trade & Some Indignation”

Sure, there’s a vigorous debate over just how many hundreds of billions of dollars the West has sent to Africa in the form of “aid” over the past half-century since colonial independence.  Some estimates put it in the trillions, while the OECD and others claim it’s merely in the ...

Chinese Relationship and Marriage Customs in Africa

There are no precise figures on the size of the Chinese population in Africa.  Given the fluidity of this immigrant population and the weak immigration controls in most African societies reliable numbers are just impossible to achieve.  There are very sophisticated networks ...

Chinese Business Operations in the DR Congo

By any measure, the DRC is one of the most difficult places on earth to do business. Let’s put aside, for now, the problems associated with the war in the east as that’s not really the issue here. Instead, we’re going to focus on what it actually takes to ...
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