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[AUDIO] Get Ready Africa, the Big “Trump-Shift”​ to China is Coming

Over a month into his presidency, Donald Trump has yet to utter a single word about his foreign policy vision for Africa. Given that the combative president has picked fights with Mexico, Australia and, of course the Chinese, while making antagonizing other long-term allies like the Swedes with false information, a lot of African leaders may actually be relieved that their countries and continent are ... Read More »

[AUDIO] The hollow rules governing China-Africa investment

Even though China is one of Africa’s largest investors, ranked seventh overall according to Ernst & Young, there are surprisingly few rules that govern private-sector investments between these two regions. These rules are established through bilateral investment treaties, or BITs, where two countries agree upon a set of standards for corporate investment. While these BITs are popular in Europe and the U.S., ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China and the world: what to expect in 2016

The December China-Africa leaders summit in Johannesburg culminated the end of what was a very busy year for Chinese president Xi Jinping and his foreign policy team. In many ways, 2015 marked a significant turning point in China’s increasingly ambitious global agenda as Beijing deepened its engagement in global institutions while simultaneously seeking to influence the international order more in ... Read More »

[AUDIO] A journalist’s guide to covering FOCAC 6

When covering any major international summit it can be challenging to get the “real story” beyond the official communiqués and government talking-points, especially at Chinese events where the messaging is often tightly controlled. James Schneider is a veteran African journalist with extensive experience reporting on African diplomacy, most recently he covered the 2015 Africa Union summit in Ethiopia. He shares ... Read More »

[AUDIO] How the US and China struggle to balance interests & ideals in Ethiopia

In April, visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, showered her Ethiopian hosts in Addis Ababa with effusive praise about their country’s budding “democracy.” She expressed her hope that upcoming elections in May 2015 would be “free, fair and credible and open and inclusive.” Her comments were widely panned given Ethiopia’s dismal human rights record, yet ... 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 »

[AUDIO] Land of Opportunity: Africans in China

A pair of young Americans is working to raise money for a new documentary that chronicles the opportunities and challenges confronting African migrants in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. The film’s producer, Melissa Lefkowitz, joins us to talk about the project and what it’s going to take to get the production started. For more information about their upcoming film ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s new diplomacy in Africa

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang wrapped up his four-nation tour of Africa where he set out to broaden Beijing’s diplomacy on the continent beyond natural resource extraction. Li was well-received in each stop along his journey and seemingly received high marks for China’s new, more ambitious agenda in Africa. Eric & Cobus look at the key trends to emerge from ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s PM aims to reset relations with Africa

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has embarked on his first official visit to Africa since becoming premier and he has indicated that he hopes to re-orient Beijing’s relations with the content beyond trade and natural resource extraction. This week on the program, Eric and Cobus analyze each country on the premier’s itinerary. Some of the links and articles referenced in ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China & Africa: For Better or Worse

Itle Nganta Dogmo is a Cameroonian-born university student in the United States who is now raising money to produce a documentary movie about China’s engagement in Africa. Itle was motivated in part to take on this project after seeing firsthand just how poorly informed people in the US were about this important geopolitical trend. She joins us this week to ... Read More »