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[AUDIO] 2016 China-Africa Year in Review

After years of relatively trouble-free development, 2016 marked a turning point in the China-Africa amid turbulent changes in the global economic and political order. China increased its deployment of combat troops to the continent, suffering some its first casualties in South Sudan and Mali, while trade between the two regions decreased for the first time in years. Meantime, China dangled ... Read More »

[AUDIO] The honeymoon between China and Africa is over and that’s a good thing

It wasn’t that long ago when it was all smiles between the Chinese and Africans. Remember? The headlines were all about “win-win” development, China’s role in helping Africa to rise above its colonial past and investment, lots and lots of Chinese investment. Every year, trade between the two would surge to new, record highs. Those were indeed good days. Now, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] There are a lot more Chinese soldiers in Africa today… and likely more to come

Over the past five years the Chinese military presence in Africa has undergone a profound change. Until 2012, the Chinese were happy to play a low-key support role in multinational peacekeeping operations on the continent, preferring to send military engineers and medical staff rather than deploy combat forces. Today, that is no longer the case. China is in fact the ... 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] China’s expanding military presence in Africa

China is steadily expanding its military footprint in Africa, highlighted by the recent deployment of 700 combat-ready troops to join a multinational peacekeeping operation in South Sudan. In all, the People’s Liberation Army and Navy now have an estimated 2,700 soldiers, sailors, engineers and medical staff stationed across the continent. The number of troops deployed in Africa is extremely small, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China in Africa: 2014 Year in Review

2014 marked another landmark year in Sino-African relations as bilateral trade between the two regions broke new records while political/diplomatic/military ties all strengthened across the board. Yet despite the tangible progress made this year, this burgeoning relationship also began to encounter some of its most significant obstacles as both governments and publics across the continent showed significant frustration with Chinese ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Mali’s $11 billion Chinese gamble

Mali appears to be engaged in a risky diplomatic face-off with China over a proposed $11 billion rail project. While Chinese officials have refused to publicly commit to the project, Malian leaders say the two mine-to-coast rail contracts have actually been finalized. Other African countries have largely been unsuccessful in the past trying to pressure the Chinese through the media. ... Read More »

Leading Africa expert in China: French intervention in Mali “was necessary”

The China Africa Project conducted the following interview with Dr. He Wenping, director of African Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, as a follow-up to our podcast discussion with her. CAP: It seems that many Chinese social scientists conduct research that mainly focuses on China’s development experience and the Chinese economy. Is there a lot of interest among ... Read More »

PRC military analysts say China shouldn’t aid Mali. Netizens disagree, urging forceful protection of national interests [TRANSLATION]

Published  2013/01/22 08:07 by Sohu.com, originally published by the Global Times (Chinese version) Written by Li Jian and Jin Jing, who are both researchers at China’s Naval Research Institute China will neither send troops to Mali, nor will it give money Military says it may help with peacekeeping efforts after the war The current chaos in Mali has the potential ... Read More »