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[AUDIO] 2017 China-Africa Year in Review

2017 was an eventful year in China-Africa relations. Overall the two sides remain deeply engaged with one another, however indications began to emerge this year that the relationship is undergoing a profound change. No longer can we expect to see steadily rising China-Africa trade volumes as prices for many African commodity were largely flat in 2017 and China also started ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China and the Rise of Africa’s New Autocrats

Anzetse Were is a Nairobi-based international development economist and newspaper columnist who is increasingly worried about a resurgence of autocratic rule in Africa. Buoyed by the United States’ apparent receding interest in promoting democratic and civil society values around the world, Africa’s authoritarian leaders are now seemingly taking comfort in their countries’ deepening ties with China. Beijing, for its part, makes a ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s new “old friend” in Zimbabwe

Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was long described by Chinese leaders as their ‘old friend’ in Africa. Mugabe’s relationship with the Chinese dated back half a century when China supported anti-colonial guerrillas with weapons and training. Longstanding relationships like this are very important to Chinese officials, far more so than in other governments, but as the dramatic political upheaval in Zimbabwe demonstrates, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China-Africa relations as seen through the lens of a new generation

Independent filmmakers Jidi Guo and Philip Man join Eric & Cobus to discuss their new documentary about how a new generation is responding to China’s growing influence in Kenya. This is the first documentary produced by the Shanghai-based pair who took 10 days of vacation time from their day jobs to shoot the film in Nairobi. “Behind the Belt: A ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China is challenging the West’s dominance in foreign aid

Quietly, and largely out of sight, China has emerged to become a major player in the foreign aid space, challenging institutions and norms long established by the West. Although China’s international development budgets remain a tightly guarded state secret, new data  indicates Beijing is spending a lot more money on aid programs than almost anyone had imagined. AidData, a research ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Chinese money is helping Africa to be next manufacturing powerhouse

Author Irene Yuan Sun argues in her now book that Africa is poised to become the world’s next manufacturing boosted by Chinese investment and production expertise. With costs steadily rising in the PRC, more and more companies are looking to offshore production from China to more affordable countries. Africa and its abundant population of young workers, free trade access into the US ... Read More »

[AUDIO] How one young Chinese scholar wants to change outdated perceptions of Africa

Leo Li is a Phd candidate in African politics at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. Before he returned to Beijing to continue his academic work, Leo spent years reporting from Africa for the China Daily newspaper and later as a TV reporter for the Chinese international TV news network CGTN. Leo represents a new generation of young Chinese scholars, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s appetite for abalone spurs organized crime in South Africa

The demand for abalone is so extreme that it is commonly-referred to as “white gold” and is now the world’s most valuable shellfish. Much of that demand comes from Asia, especially China, where consumers can’t seem to get enough of the fleshy snails in restaurants and supermarkets. South Africa is home to one of the most prized species of abalone, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] New documentary portrays a more nuanced view of the African migrant experience in China

When filmmakers Zhang Yong, Hodan Abdi and Fu Dong set out to make a new documentary on the African migrant experience in China they were determined to ensure that their own voices and experiences came through in the story. Until now, most if not all of the documentary films on Africans in China have been produced by Westerners, so it ... Read More »

[AUDIO] North Korea’s diplomats in Africa are making big money selling ivory to Chinese

The tightening of international sanctions against North Korea is helping to fuel the illicit ivory trade in Africa as the increasingly isolated country searches for new ways to generate revenue, according to a new report from the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Much of that ivory, according to the report, is destined for the black market in China. Although ... Read More »