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[PODCAST] Africa’s vital role in China’s drive to triple nuclear energy output

China is pursuing an ambitious plan to triple its nuclear energy output by 2020, from 2% of the country’s total energy supply to 6%. Beijing’s nuclear power agenda is part of the government’s broader agenda to reduce carbon emissions that is contributing to staggeringly high-levels of pollution in many of China’s largest cities. To do so, the Chinese have embarked on ... Read More »

[AUDIO] IMF missteps over huge China deal in the Congo proves costly

In 2007 when China’s Exim Bank unveiled a massive $6 billion mining deal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it completely rocked the normally-staid world of international development finance. The agreement, known as “The China Deal” or Sicomines, was among the first of these huge Chineese infrastructure-for-resources deals that are now commonplace across Africa. Ten years ago, though, the ... Read More »

Continental Shift: How China is Changing Africa

In their new book “Continental Shift: A Journey into Africa’s 21st Century,” South African authors Kevin Bloom and Richard Poplak embarked on 14-country odyssey across two continents over a span of five years to report on Africa’s changing economic, political and social landscapes. What they discovered along the way was that China’s role had become pivotal in so many of ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s controversial trade in Africa’s natural resources

China often faces blistering criticism for its voracious appetite of Africa’s natural resources. Chinese companies are spread across the continent mining, logging and fishing to feed both hungry factories and people back home. In most, if not all, African countries, environmental protection laws are minimal at best, totally ineffective at worst, allowing Chinese companies to operate unregulated in this legal ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s massive mining deal in DRC is back on track

The controversial Sino-Congolese mining deal Sicomines has been revived thanks to new financing from China’s Exim Bank. This is one of Beijing’s biggest natural resources-for-infrastructure deals in Africa. If successful, the deal would net millions of tons in iron ore and cobalt for the Chinese while providing the Congolese with desperately needed infrastructure. Johanna Jansson is widely regarded as the leading ... Read More »

“Shanglin County Clique’s” African Gold Rush: Get Rich or Die Trying (translation)

Translated by Erik Myxter On May 15th The 21st Century Business Herald out of Guangzhou published a thrilling article about Chinese illegal gold mining activity in Ghana.   The following is a translation of that article. “上林帮”非洲淘金记:身家上亿或埋骨他乡 21世纪经济报道 梁钟荣 南宁、深圳报道 2013-05-15 00:57:39 “Shanglin County Clique’s” African Gold Rush: Get Rich or Die Trying 21st Century Business Herald   Reporting from Nanning: Liang ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Zambia and Bostwana Push Back Against the Chinese

If you are curious as to what a bad week for China’s diplomatic agenda in Africa looks like, then last week would be it. First, the Zambian government announced that it had finally had enough of the allegations of labor abuses and sub-standard working conditions at the Collum mine and declared that it will assume control of the controversial mine ... Read More »

China’s Zambian Sex Scandal

Few African countries have closer links with China than Zambia. The relationship goes back decades and Chinese investment in Zambian copper mines have led to both economic growth and an anti-Chinese backlash. The recent arrest of four Chinese mining technicians on charges of sex with underage prostitutes is pushing this relationship into uncomfortable new territory. The miners are bored, the ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China in Africa: Who is Michael Sata?

Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata has emerged as a central character in the story of China’s engagement with Africa.  He has become a staple of the mainstream media’s coverage of the issue, portrayed as a vocal critic of the Chinese, particularly in Zambia. By any measure he plays the role well.  Where most African politicians dare not air their concerns ... Read More »