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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 »

[AUDIO] Terrorism forces its way onto the China-Africa agenda

Until just a few weeks, security had not been expected to be a major topic at the December Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in Johannesburg. In the span of just a few short weeks, terrorism and security issues will likely move close to the top of the agenda when Chinese president Xi Jinping meets with 50+ African counterparts. China’s vulnerability ... 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 »

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 »

FOCAC 6: This time it’s different

When Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in Johannesburg to lead the upcoming Forum on China Africa Cooperation summit, he will be greeted as an old friend by his African counterparts. There will be smiles, the customary toasts to “win-win development” and a projection of confidence from both sides that all is well in China’s engagement strategy in Africa. But all ... Read More »

[AUDIO] The 2015 China-Africa Roundtable at Wits University

Leading scholars, journalists and activists convened in Johannesburg last week for the annual Wits China-Africa Reporting Project’s annual roundtable discussion. This year’s conference focused on reporting challenges related to the upcoming Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit that will be held in Johannesburg in December. The FOCAC meetings occur every three years, typically alternating venues in both China and ... Read More »

[AUDIO] FOCAC: what to expect at this year’s mega China-Africa summit

The 6th Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that will be held in December in Johannesburg comes at critical time in the Sino-African relationship. The combination of China’s slowing economy, a major slump in global commodity prices and a dramatic 84% YOY plunge in Chinese investment in Africa will no doubt loom over the meeting of president Xi Jinping and ... Read More »

The U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit — in China’s footsteps?

By Jana Mudronova, Phd candidate at University of Witwatersand The first US- Africa Leaders Summit spurred debates long before it took place in August 4-6. However, analyses and controversies coming both from news sections and editorials do not stop with the last plane carrying African leaders back home. Chinese media presentations of the summit shed light on Chinese perceptions of their ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China looms over the US-Africa Leaders Summit

For the first time an American president is convening a summit of almost every African head of state. The stated goal of Barack Obama’s US-Africa Leaders Summit is to focus on US trade and investment, while publicly stating that the event in no way should be seen as a competition with China’s surging investment on the continent. Yeah, well, no ... Read More »

PRC’s top Africa scholar: Africa should jump on the China bandwagon

In 2010, He Wenping, director of African Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, wrote an influential article for People’s Tribune in which she forcefully argued that “Africa should jump on the China bandwagon” and that China is helping Africa achieve democracy. Showing the continued relevance of the article, QS Theory (《求是》), the flagship theory journal of the Central Committee ... Read More »