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Smaller Than It Looks: The Reality of Chinese Timber Investment in Zambia

The following article was written by Hezhu Zhang, a fellow at China House Kenya The first impression of Chinese timber business in Zambia may not be described as a “small-scale industry” as numerous both Chinese and Zambian are involved. However, if observed more thoroughly, vitalness of Zambian timber market is in fact awash with speculation rather than investment and real production ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Chinese money is helping Africa to be next manufacturing powerhouse

Author Irene Yuan Sun argues in her now book that Africa is poised to become the world’s next manufacturing boosted by Chinese investment and production expertise. With costs steadily rising in the PRC, more and more companies are looking to offshore production from China to more affordable countries. Africa and its abundant population of young workers, free trade access into the US ... Read More »

[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 This narrative fits nicely with an outdated Western colonial stereotype of how foreign countries engage Africa.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] 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] Industrialization in Africa: Ethiopia wants to become the new ‘Made in China’

There’s a pretty good chance that some of the clothes you’re wearing, the shoes on your feet and even the device you’re using to read this were made in China. Even as its economy slows, China remains the world’s factory, churning out billions of dollars every year of goods. The government, though, wants to change this which could be a ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Is Africa screwed for being too financially dependent on China?

Chinese government officials have been on all-out PR offensive across Africa lately to reassure increasingly nervous political and business leaders that even though China’s economy may be slowing it will not affect the PRC’s investment plans in Africa. Africans, for their part, have reason to be worried. Chinese trade with the continent has fallen sharply, 40% by some estimates, in ... 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] 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] From ‘Made in China’ to ‘Made in Africa’

A growing number of Chinese companies are looking to outsource production overseas in a bid to lower costs and meet Beijing’s increasingly stringent environmental laws. Ethiopia and South Africa are among the beneficiaries of this new trend as Chinese apparel, textile and even steel companies move their production offshore. However, the outsourcing of Chinese manufacturing to Africa presents both opportunities ... Read More »

New era of Chinese manufacturing in South Africa begins

South African president Jacob Zuma personally oversaw the opening of the First Automative Works (FAW) factory in Port Elizabeth, China’s single largest investment in the country. The new production facility comes at an opportune time for South Africa as BMW, GM and other car-makers have slowed or suspended output. FAW, though, is entering potentially treacherous territory as South Africa’s notoriously ... Read More »