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[AUDIO] China’s BIG gamble in the TINY Comoros Islands

The Comoros is a tiny island nation off the east coast of Africa in the Indian ocean and where a major Chinese experiment is underway. Chinese scientists and pharmaceutical have undertaken a radical experiment to test an unlicensed anti-malarial herbal medicine on the ENTIRE population of the Comoros. Succeed or fail, the stakes are incredibly high. Separately, Beijing is also ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Chinese studies at the University of Botswana

It’s long been said that while China may have an Africa policy, African do not have a China policy. In particular, too many Africans do not understand the language, culture and politics of their new number one trading partner. The University of Botswana, for its part, is trying to change that. UB has one of the most ambitious Chinese studies ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Comparing Chinese & African economic development

Hannah Ryder has been on the job as the United Nations Development Program’s Deputy Country Director for China for just a couple of months. Although she’s new to China, Ryder is a veteran development professional with experience in Europe and Africa. A Kenyan-native, Ryder is using the opportunity in China to better understand what lessons from China’s incredibly rapid economic ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Chinese corporations in Africa: saints or sinners?

“The African way of life is under attack by Chinese corporations,” argues University of Technology, Sydney doctoral candidate Onjumi Okumu. The Kenya-native contends that a combination of weak governance in African mixed with no legal restraints on Chinese corporate behavior encourage PRC companies to behave illegally and destructively in Africa, destroying the continent’s fragile social capital. Okumu focuses, in particular, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Dambisa Moyo isn’t so keen on the Chinese model for Africa

“For poor countries, China is no model” declares Zambian economist and author Dambisa Moyo in a September Wall Street Journal essay. Moyo’s criticism of the Chinese economic model and its applicability for developing countries seemingly marks a dramatic evolution of her thinking with regards to the Chinese in Africa. For years, Moyo was among the most vocal supporters of China’s ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Ebola crisis: fair to compare US & China aid?

When the ebola crisis first struck West Africa, China was among the only major powers to not only keep its personnel in the affected countries but to also send tens of millions of dollars in badly needed aid. The US, by contrast, was visibly absent. That is, until President Barack Obama announced the deployment of 3,000 US military personnel on ... Read More »

Postcards from China: the same, but different

By Hannah Ryder, Deputy Country Director for China, United Nations Development Program I’m entering into my fourth week here in Beijing, and one of the experiments I tried last weekend was to order a takeaway. I was tired from a very hectic week of meetings – that was my excuse anyway! But it turns out the process of getting a takeaway ... Read More »

Chinese construction of Angola Benguela railway project completed [TRANSLATION]

By Jana Mudronova China Railway Construction announced completion of 1,344 km Benguela Railway in Angola on August 13. The railway will be put in operation later this year. According to Xinhua, this is the second largest railway project constructed by Chinese in Africa after TAZARA in Tanzania. The Chinese news site The Observer reports on the completion of the rail line ... Read More »

China turns to Africa for solar power sales

Turned away by trade tariffs in Europe and the United States, Chinese solar panel makers are now turning to Africa as potentially huge growth market. Chinese solar power projects are popping up across the continent, ranging for a massive 200 mw facility in Ghana to rural electrification in off-grid villages in Tanzania. Although the potential for growth is tremendous, it’s ... Read More »