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[AUDIO] Chinese companies employ a lot more African workers than you think

Across Africa and throughout the West there is a widespread belief that a good portion of the Chinese construction workers building infrastructure across the continent are actually prisoners who have been forcibly enslaved to work in Africa. So the reason why Chinese companies allegedly do not hire locals, according to this legend, is because there is such an abundant supply ... Read More »

Survey of Chinese Perspectives on the Legal Issues Facing Chinese Companies in Kenya

The following article was written Fu Junjie, Gu Ruirui and Liu Luxi, fellows at China House Kenya Chinese businesses are seeking opportunities in Africa. In recent years, many facets of this phenomenon have been laboriously described. However, in these commentary and analyses there remains a dearth of data, particularly on the perspectives of the perhaps 1 million Chinese said to be ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Are Chinese IT companies doing enough to train locals in Africa?

The Chinese telecom giant Huawei recently launched a massive publicity campaign to raise awareness in Africa about all that it is doing to train local employees. The company has opened at least five training centers in different countries across the continent and claims that it has provided skills training to 12,000 Africans students every year. Every year, Huawei sponsors thousands ... Read More »

From aid to business? Chinese medical companies arrive in Africa

The following article was written by Wang Yujue, a fellow at China House Kenya “Nowadays, getting malaria is like getting the common cold,” explains Nancy, who has long suffered from the illness—a result, she suspects, of the unsanitary conditions of the community in western Nairobi where she makes home. When she was a teenager, Nancy recalls, the medicine used to ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s undeserved reputation for building bad infrastructure in Africa

The Chinese build more infrastructure in Africa than any other country (foreign or African). Chinese banks are financing billions of dollars in new loans, aid packages and other deals to build badly-needed infrastructure across the continent and it’s Chinese companies that are doing most of the engineering and construction work. Between 2009 and 2014, the Chinese signed $328 billion in ... Read More »

(Pre-)Made in China? The prospects of Chinese prefabricated houses in Kenya

The following article was written by Sun Shuangqi, a fellow at China House Kenya “After Chinese firms finished the construction project, Kenyans kept the prefab houses. They went like hot cakes,” explained Susan, the founder of a Kenyan female empowerment foundation. Soila is in her 50s and has worked a extensively the Maasai, an ethnic group inhabiting parts of Kenya ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s ambitious new ‘Silk Road’ trade route takes shape in Africa

Four years and hundreds of billions of dollars later, China’s ambitious global trading strategy known as the “New Maritime Silk Road” or “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) is now coming to life, particularly in parts of East Africa where major infrastructure and defense projects are being built. New ports in Tanzania, rail lines in Kenya, naval facilities in Djibouti and ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Industrialization in Africa: Ethiopia wants to become the new ‘Made in China’

There’s a pretty good chance that some of the clothes you’re wearing, the shoes on your feet and even the device you’re using to read this were made in China. Even as its economy slows, China remains the world’s factory, churning out billions of dollars every year of goods. The government, though, wants to change this which could be a ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Why Chinese agriculture engagement in Africa is not what it seems

The Western and African media have long fueled the myth that Chinese investors are buying up vast tracts of land across Africa as part of some neo-colonial plan to export food back to China. Sure, on one level, the theory appears plausible: China has around 20% of the world’s population with less than 7% of the planet’s arable land, so ... Read More »

Continental Shift: How China is Changing Africa

In their new book “Continental Shift: A Journey into Africa’s 21st Century,” South African authors Kevin Bloom and Richard Poplak embarked on 14-country odyssey across two continents over a span of five years to report on Africa’s changing economic, political and social landscapes. What they discovered along the way was that China’s role had become pivotal in so many of ... Read More »