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[AUDIO] Why Trump’s “Nambia” gaffe is so important to the China-Africa narrative

U.S. President Donald Trump revealed deeper levels of ignorance about Africa than many thought possible during a luncheon speech this week to a group of African leaders. During his brief, 800-word speech, Trump twice mentioned the non-existent country of “Nambia.” Immediately after the speech, there was widespread disbelief and even confusion as to whether the president was referring to Gambia, ... Read More »

[PODCAST] Africa needs infrastructure, China wants to build it. So what’s the problem?

Africa faces a severe infrastructure crisis. Roads, ports, airports, hospitals and telecommunications are all needed to generate the economic growth necessary to support a population that is expected to double by 2050. But that kind of investment doesn’t come cheap. It’s estimated that over the next ten years Africa will need to spend around $100 billion a year — an unattainably high figure for ... Read More »

Can Chinese Technology be a Game-changer in African Wildlife Conservation?

The following article was written by Sun Haolun of China House Kenya in Nairobi “It’s not easy for a Chinese guy to work in wildlife conservation in Africa. In the eyes of  Chinese people, working in the wild of Africa is quite dangerous and crazy. And in the eyes of a lot of Africans, all the Chinese are potential traffickers.” ... Read More »

How Chinese Companies Deal with Labor Strikes and Unions in Kenya

The following article was written by Tang Yuchen, a youth fellow at China House Kenya in Nairobi “There were hundreds of thousands of people, like a black storm sweeping across the field. Tires were burned, stones were thrown everywhere as if it was a war movie”, Mr. Lu painfully recalled his first labor strike experience, “When someone threw stone at you, ... Read More »

African Female Workers in Chinese Companies in Kenya: Myths and Challenges

The following article was written by Chen Jin, a youth fellow at China House Kenya “Honestly, we don’t want any female workers here.” Ms. Zhou, manager of an upscale Chinese restaurant in Nairobi, put it without hesitation. Indeed, local women are under-represented in Chinese companies operating in Kenya. Over the past five years of Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese entrepreneurs are ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Changes Chinese Involvement in Ivory Trade in Kenya

The following article was written by Jing Wang, a youth fellow at China House Kenya “Whatever you do in Kenya, you avoid meddling with wildlife affairs — they get you into serious trouble”, said Angela Chang who has stayed in Kenya for more than 15 years and witnessed the change of Chinese participation in illegal wildlife trade, “Here sometimes animal lives ... Read More »

In Kenya, When Young Chinese Met The Maasai For Anti-Female Genital Mutilation: A Reflection of Chinese Volunteers In Africa

The following article was written by Bu Fan, Chen Si, Sun Jiayi, Ting Yujan, youth fellows at China House Kenya “You are seen as role models. From you, they will have that motivation,” Abdirisack Jaldesa, the governor of Oloitoktok said to us, “In the future they will want to be you.” We are not sure how true this is or how ... Read More »

[PODCAST] Does it make sense for Africans to learn to speak Chinese?

Nairobi-based journalist Mark Kapchanga contends that it is time for Africans to learn to speak Chinese. In a provocative column published last month in the Chinese newspaper Global Times, Kapchanga warned that Africans are at risk of being on the losing end of an “information asymmetry” unless they begin to learn Mandarin in order to better negotiate with the continent’s largest trading partner ... Read More »

[PODCAST] China’s ‘Belt & Road’ Trading Strategy Presents New Challenge to U.S. Influence in Africa

The implementation of China’s ambitious “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) trade agenda in Africa is now fully underway. The launch of the Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya, the opening of the new navy base in Djibouti and dozens of other major infrastructure development projects along Africa’s eastern shore are all part of this new ambitious strategy. OBOR’s roll-out in Africa comes at an important time ... Read More »

[PODCAST] China may be a lot of things in Africa, but it’s NOT a colonizer

One of the most durable narratives about the Chinese in Africa is that the PRC is now just the newest foreign country to colonize the continent. While the Europeans may have used brute force, according to this widely-held perception, the Chinese instead using money to buy Africa’s land, corrupt its leaders and export its raw materials. Sure the methods may ... Read More »