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[AUDIO] Here’s How China Is Changing Africa’s Future

Amid a surge of European and U.S. inward-looking nativist populism, the West’s longstanding influence in Africa is in retreat. At the same time, China appears to be doubling-down on globalism with a trillion dollar bet called “One Belt, One Road” or OBOR. OBOR is China’s hugely ambitious global mercantile agenda that aims to connect the PRC to trade routes across the ... 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 »

[AUDIO] China’s diplomatic dilemma: protecting its people and property overseas

Chinese special operations forces are training in the Western deserts of Xinjiang in complex search and rescue missions, in environments that closely resemble North Africa or certain parts of the Middle East. These newly-trained military forces have recently been empowered by a new counter-terrorism law passed in December that grants the Chinese military authority to venture overseas to protect endangered ... 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] China’s PM aims to reset relations with Africa

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has embarked on his first official visit to Africa since becoming premier and he has indicated that he hopes to re-orient Beijing’s relations with the content beyond trade and natural resource extraction. This week on the program, Eric and Cobus analyze each country on the premier’s itinerary. Some of the links and articles referenced in ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China in Africa podcast: The Sino-U.S. Soft Power Showdown

Travel to almost any African capital and even before you make it from the airport to downtown there is a very high likelihood you will pass a Chinese construction project along the way.  From the new terminal at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobito the main road connecting Kinshasa’s N’Djili Airport to the city center, the Chinese construction boom is immediately evident. ... Read More »