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Chinese professor says fake malaria drugs being sold in Africa are African, not Chinese

The China Africa Project recently conducted the following interview with Yuan Wu, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of West Asian and African Studies, about recent reports that suggest that China-manufactured fake anti-malarial medicines are being exported to Africa.   CAP:  What kinds of drugs does China export to Africa? Professor Yuan: Chinese companies export many ... Read More »

Re-thinking China’s government-run volunteer programs in Africa [TRANSLATION]

Rethinking China’s public diplomacy with Africa — The Foreign Aid Youth Volunteers Program as a case study [This article was co-written by Wang Xiaozhi, a professor of international relations at Peking University, Huang Lizhi, a PhD student in the department of international relations at Peking University and Liu Haifang, the deputy director of the Africa Research Center at Peking University, ... Read More »

Volunteering in Africa: a Chinese student’s perspective

The China-Africa Project recently interviewed a Chinese student, Felicity Li, on her experience volunteering in Ghana last year. The interview is below: CAP: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Felicity: I am a sophomore at Fudan University in Shanghai, and my major is mathematics. I went to Ghana to do the GCDP program last summer [2012]. I stayed there ... Read More »

[VIDEO] China faces new scrutiny in Africa (but this time it’s different)

A small, yet highly energetic group of demonstrators marched through the streets of South Africa’s Umlazi Township earlier this month to protest against what they claim is Beijing’s inadequate support for the United Nations’ anti-AIDS/malaria/tuberculosis initiative known as the “Global Fund.” Organized by the internationally recognized HIV/AIDS organization AHF Ithembalabantu Clinic located along the Eastern Cape in KwaZulu-Natal, the demonstrators rallied against Beijing for not ... Read More »

[AUDIO] 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 800 billion dollar range.  Regardless, the sums are huge. That said, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] The Future of the Tanzam Railway

In this edition of the China in Africa podcast, host Eric Olander talks with the editor of chinaafricanews.com and London School of Economics masters candidate, Henry Hall, about the future of the famed Tanzam railway. The rail line, also known as the Tazara railway, serves as an important milestone in Sino-African relations as it marks Beijing’s first major infrastructure project ... Read More »

China in Africa: The Transparency Paradox

Transparency is a loaded word in the development business.  The idea that aid and investments in places like Africa should be subject to external audits and review is a sacrosanct principle within the industry.  Never mind the irony that organizations like USAID, the United Nations and the World Bank among others devote a majority of their time/effort with their aid ... Read More »

The Chinese Construction Boom in Kenya

It may be hard to believe but half of all construction work underway in Kenya is now being done by Chinese firms, according to the U.S. public radio program “The World” (audio link below).  It appears the Chinese infrastructure building juggernaut in Africa is showing no signs of slowing down.  Kenya’s Business Daily newspaper reports the capital’s Jomo Kenyatta International ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China in Africa: Understanding the “Negative Narrative”

In this edition of the China in Africa podcast, host Eric Olander talks with Washington, D.C.-based writer and journalist Te-Ping Chen.   Chen is an editor for change.org where she writes extensively on sustainability and social entrepreneurship in the developing world.    In a recent post on What the West Can Learn From China in Africa, Chen addressed the sensitive issue about China’s investment and development ... Read More »

[AUDIO] U.S. vs. Chinese Approaches to Aid in Africa

The idea for this new podcast series was born from the constant frustration of talking with Western “development experts,” diplomats and aid workers in Africa. In every instance, Westerners were either strikingly ignorant of Chinese engagement there or summarily dismissed the Chinese presence in Africa as “counter productive” because China is not a democratic country. There was little nuance to ... Read More »