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China's Role in the Illegal African Ivory Trade

Elephant and rhino poaching top the agenda again on the show this week following a pair of very high-profile media stories from the New York Times and National Geographic TV. There seems to be a growing awareness in the West, or at least among ...

Zambia and Bostwana Push Back Against the Chinese

If you are curious as to what a bad week for China's diplomatic agenda in Africa looks like, then last week would be it. First, the Zambian government announced that it had finally had enough of the allegations of labor abuses and sub-standard working ...

"Sinophobia" on the Rise in Lesotho

Lesotho is one of Africa's smallest countries and is often over-looked by its larger, all-surrounding neighbor, South Africa. However, several interesting phenomena are occurring in Lesotho that warrant closer inspection. In a country wracked by grinding poverty where almost a quarter of the population ...

John Kerry on US-China-Africa relations

In his Senate confirmation hearings, Washington's new top diplomat John Kerry used some historically loaded language when it came to describing the Chinese in Africa. He will have a very steep learning curve on this issue when he takes office this week | Even ...

Unrest in China's 'Chocolate City'

The mysterious death of a Nigerian man on June 18 while being held in police custody set off another wave of unrest among African migrants in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. The crowd, estimated to be around a thousand, protested in the streets in the area known as 'Chocolate ...

With An Eye on China, The U.S. Re-Orients Its Policy in Africa

The United States announces a new foreign policy platform for Africa that is eerily similar to China's 'aid not trade' position | Two of China's largest telecom manufacturers get a two-year ban from Algeria for corruption | The pros & cons of China's ambitious stadium diplomacy agenda in Africa and ...

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 ...
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