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[AUDIO] Dalai Lama forces China to overplay its hand in South Africa

Pretoria’s apparent refusal to grant Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama a visa to attend a summit of Nobel peace laureates has sparked outrage in South Africa. Critics allege the government is bowing to China, undermining South African sovereignty. China’s long-held policy toward The Dalai Lama is clear: any country that welcomes him will pay a price either diplomatically, economically ... Read More »

[AUDIO] South Africa to Dalai Lama: ‘you’re not welcome’ (really)

For a third consecutive time, South Africa has made it clear to the Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama that he is not welcome to visit. Most recently, the DL was informed he would not receive a visa, forcing the controversial religious leader to cancel his visit to attend the upcoming World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in October. Although ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China steps up in West Africa to help fight ebola

China appears to be leveraging the ebola crisis in West Africa to radically improve its controversial foreign aid record. In contrast to Western countries who have evacuated their medical personnel from the region, China has sent teams of experts along with millions of dollars in badly needed medical supplies. Their efforts appear to be paying off in the eyes of ... Read More »

The U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit — in China’s footsteps?

By Jana Mudronova, Phd candidate at University of Witwatersand The first US- Africa Leaders Summit spurred debates long before it took place in August 4-6. However, analyses and controversies coming both from news sections and editorials do not stop with the last plane carrying African leaders back home. Chinese media presentations of the summit shed light on Chinese perceptions of their ... Read More »

[AUDIO] How China & US are “complementary rivals” in Africa

There is a persistent meme within the international media that China’s rise in Africa represents a “new scramble” for resources on the continent or a new form of colonialism. Beijing-based China-Africa analyst and attorney Kai Xue says contrary to this view, increased engagement of the Chinese and the US in Africa among other major powers actually offers tremendous benefits for ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Critique of Al Jazeera’s “The New Scramble for Africa”

Al Jazeera English’s Marwan Bashara hosts a compelling episode of the documentary series “Empire” on “The New Scramble for Africa.” The program is yet another in a series of high quality programs from AJE that explore China’s engagement on the continent. Although Bashara does an excellent job in exploring the issue from multiple sides, he also frames the issue in ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China looms over the US-Africa Leaders Summit

For the first time an American president is convening a summit of almost every African head of state. The stated goal of Barack Obama’s US-Africa Leaders Summit is to focus on US trade and investment, while publicly stating that the event in no way should be seen as a competition with China’s surging investment on the continent. Yeah, well, no ... Read More »

The Chinese-African honeymoon is over

There is a growing sense among Africans and Chinese alike that their once heady romance is now entering a new, more pragmatic phase. Across Africa, people and politicians are becoming visibly more concerned about the surging trade deficits, massive loan debts, persistent labor rights violations and a changing immigrant demography that may be beyond their control. China, for its part, ... Read More »

French perspective: The narrative of China as a competitor in Africa

French narrative on China in Africca : future

The 2013 summit on Peace and Security in Africa which took place in Paris on the 6th and 7th of December and the economic forum France-Afrique which took place two days before demonstrate how France views China in Africa.   Googling in French “Chine France Afrique” after this summit, the first page of results reveals a special French feeling towards ... Read More »

The Africa summit war has started [TRANSLATION]

Guerre des Sommets Afrique Chine France

From an article published in Le Monde by Jean-Philippe Rémy 4th of December 2013 “It has been almost 40 years that annual meetings have been established between French and African leaders. In spite of our obsession to celebrate everything, no one thought about celebrating this birthday. A postcolonial embarrassment sticks to the idea of these previous “France-Afrique” summits, re-baptise so ... Read More »