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[AUDIO] Why U.S. & Chinese Foreign Policy Are More Alike Than You Might Think

When Xi Jinping visited Donald Trump this week at the U.S. president’s Florida estate for their first face-to-face meeting, many of the photos of the two leaders together conveyed a sense of awkwardness. After all, Trump represents a new generation of volatile, populist western leaders that Xi may still be learning how to engage. For his part, Trump is also learning that it’s a lot easier ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China poised to benefit from Trump’s Africa policy (or lack thereof)

Although leaders in Asia, Europe and the Americas are struggling to figure out what are the implications of Donald J. Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency. At least in those regions, the president-elect made passing references during the campaign to Japan’s future security status, or whether Washington should continue to support NATO and, of course, his desire to build that ... 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 »

Introduction to China-Africa relations : A Q&A with Eric Olander

The following interview was conducted via email with Deng Chuyang, a University of Pennsylvania student who interned in the Beijing office of Bloomberg BusinessWeek in spring 2015. QUESTION: In your opinion, what has changed between Africa and China in terms of their political relationship? How does international community think of this change? (For example, how the US view this change?) ... 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 »

[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 »