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[AUDIO] The Hopes and Despair of African Migrants in China

Unlike the United States and countries in Europe, China has never been regarded as a popular destination for economic migrants. Today, that is no longer the case. China’s four-decade long economic boom is now a magnet for immigrants, particularly from Africa. The Guangzhou Dream Factory is a new documentary produced by a pair of American filmmakers that explores the promise ... 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 »

What do Kenyans actually think of the Chinese in Kenya?

The following article was written by Cheng Lyu, Jinmeng Li, Zander Rounds and Lucy Liu of China House Kenya A lot has been made of the problems that Chinese companies and individuals are causing in Africa. In Kenya, we seem to hear a lot about these: how Chinese are racist and closed off; how Chinese are stealing jobs from Kenyans. ... Read More »

[AUDIO] So what do Zambians REALLY think of Chinese immigrants?

For decades Zambia had been the flash point of anti-Chinese sentiment in Africa. Late president and outspoken opposition leader Michael Sata was unrivaled in his seething criticisms of both China and the Chinese who had migrated to his country. Prior to his election in 2011, he famously slammed the Chinese for paying “slave wages” at Chinese-owned mines and later suggested Beijing ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Does it make sense for Africans to learn Mandarin Chinese?

The South African government’s 2015 decision to add Mandarin Chinese to the national curriculum sparked an uproar that baffled people in other, often more affluent societies around the world where the demand to learn Chinese far outstrips the supply of qualified teachers. Opposition to Mandarin education largely centered on the difficulty of the language and the fact that South Africa’s ... 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] South Africa’s inexplicable love affair with China

While the recent economic turmoil in China is prompting a number of African countries to reconsider their growing economic dependence on the PRC, not so in South Africa. Both the government and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party have seemingly found their geopolitical soul mate in China. South Africa’s leadership speaks glowingly of China’s political system that fuses the ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s proposed ivory ban: breakthrough or BS?

China’s surprise announcement that it will phase out the trade and manufacturing of ivory came as a rare piece of good news for Africa’s rapidly shrinking elephant population. While most major international wildlife groups welcomed Beijing’s new policy direction, others said it’s too early to rejoice until a specific timeline is announced and what, if any, exceptions may be included ... Read More »

[AUDIO] There’s a lot about China’s ties with Madagascar you probably don’t know

The Chinese population on the east African island of Madagascar defies many of the poorly-informed, albeit widely-held stereotypes about Chinese migrants on the rest of the continent. First, the community in Madagascar isn’t small or isolated. In fact, the Chinese population on the island has grown five-fold over the past decade to an estimated 100,000 people, making it the third largest ... 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 »