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[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 »

Survey of Chinese Perspectives on the Legal Issues Facing Chinese Companies in Kenya

The following article was written Fu Junjie, Gu Ruirui and Liu Luxi, fellows at China House Kenya Chinese businesses are seeking opportunities in Africa. In recent years, many facets of this phenomenon have been laboriously described. However, in these commentary and analyses there remains a dearth of data, particularly on the perspectives of the perhaps 1 million Chinese said to be ... Read More »

[AUDIO] The complicated role Chinese business plays in Kenyan corruption

One of the many simple, widely-believed narratives about the Chinese in Africa is that PRC businesses fuel corruption across the continent. That caricature, although overly-simplistic, is amplified by China’s insistence there be little to no transparency in most of its government and corporate transactions in Africa. So the combination of a Chinese veil over its business dealings with the prevalence of corruption that already exists ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s role in Africa’s “Looting Machine”

China goes to great lengths to differentiate its engagement in Africa from the continent’s former European colonizers by emphasizing so-called “win-win development.” Chinese leaders regularly visit Africa where they emphatically reject the accusation of neo-colonialism and that Beijing is only interested in exploiting the continent’s natural resources. The reality, though, is much more complicated, according to Financial Times Investigations Correspondent ... Read More »

[AUDIO] The dark side of Chinese investment in Africa

Sam Pa is a mysterious man, largely unknown to the outside world. Yet Pa, who goes by at least 7 different aliases, represents the nefarious side of China’s engagement in Africa. Sam Pa and his associates in the Hong Kong-based consortium known as the 88 Queensway Group represent a new breed of predatory investors who work in the shadows to ... 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 »

[AUDIO] With an eye on China, the US re-orients its policy in Africa

The United States announces a new foreign policy platform for Africa that is eerily similar to China’s ‘aid not trade’ position | Two of China’s largest telecom manufacturers get a two-year ban from Algeria for corruption | The pros & cons of China’s ambitious stadium diplomacy agenda in Africa and Latin America | Perspectives on the changing face of African ... 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 »