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[AUDIO] How Rwanda attracts Chinese money and migrants without the lure of natural resources

 It is a widely-held perception that Chinese investment in Africa is guided by a strategic foreign policy agenda focused on securing vast amount of natural resources. This narrative fits nicely with an outdated Western colonial stereotype of how foreign countries engage Africa. However, in the case of the Chinese, this narrative is only partially correct. Earlier this year, the China-Africa ... Read More »

[AUDIO] As China & other BRICS slow their investments in Africa, Turkey ramps up

Remember when the BRICS were going to power the global economy? Well, the past few years have not been kind to Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. With the exception of India, the other members of this once elite diplomatic club are struggling in many different ways. So while China and other emerging markets have pared back their investments ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s growing appetite for African real estate

Amid a prolonged economic downturn and a weakening yuan, Chinese investors have steadily turned their focus to buying overseas assets. While there are a number of complicated reasons behind the massive capital outflows over the past 18 months, the fact remains that both individual and corporate investors are looking abroad for growth opportunities and hedges against currency fluctuations at home. ... Read More »

FOCAC 2015: Making sense of the numbers

By Kai Xue Beijing, China — The China-Africa relationship was re-launched with fresh impetus at the recently concluded FOCAC. China announced at the forum a commitment of US$60 billion in funds over the next 3 years to support economic relations. That’s a dramatic increase of 3-times from the headline announcement at the end of the last FOCAC in 2012 of ... Read More »

FOCAC 6: China at a crossroads in Africa

The 6th Forum on China Africa Cooperation is coming at a crossroads in the China-Africa relationship. China’s shift from a manufacturing to a consumption economy means that it is importing fewer African commodities. On the African side, this shift has led to fears about repaying Chinese debt, and a general downsizing of African growth expectations. Coupled with a reported plunge ... Read More »

[AUDIO] How China’s economic slowdown will impact Africa

The tremors in China’s faltering economy are being felt across Africa. Now that China has replaced Europe and the United States as most African countries’ largest trading partner, there is understandable concern that slowing demand in the PRC will be felt in Africa’s commodity export dominated economies. The fear is real. Already, some Chinese-owned copper mines in Zambia have announced ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Chinese investment in Africa: surprisingly small, but growing fast

It’s a widespread misconception that just because China is Africa’s top trading partner, it’s also the continent’s largest foreign investor. In fact, China’s ranks seventh overall in FDI, far behind the United States that has long been Africa’s largest source of foreign investment. That may soon change, though, due in part to China’s rapidly evolving economy. With production cost steadily ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Dambisa Moyo isn’t so keen on the Chinese model for Africa

“For poor countries, China is no model” declares Zambian economist and author Dambisa Moyo in a September Wall Street Journal essay. Moyo’s criticism of the Chinese economic model and its applicability for developing countries seemingly marks a dramatic evolution of her thinking with regards to the Chinese in Africa. For years, Moyo was among the most vocal supporters of China’s ... Read More »

Chinese companies’ labor dilemma in Kenya

By Zhicong DENG, Legal Fellow at China House Kenya. This article was provided to CAP in partnership with the China-South Dialogue. “The workers went on a strike a few days ago with the trade union.” In the eyes of the manager of a Chinese real estate company in Kenya, it’s a common circumstance which makes them worry so much. This ... Read More »

Former Kenyan PM: Africa must set terms of China’s engagement

Former Kenyan Prime Minister and current MP Raila Odinga addressed a full house plus overflow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 18. Odinga’s talk addressed many issues including Chinese involvement on the continent as well as Africa’s role in the world economy and the advancement of the African Union. In regards to China’s trading presence in ... Read More »