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[PODCAST] Chinese debt in Africa: how much is too much?

African countries are once again binging on foreign debt. Across the continent, external debt has risen sharply, by almost 50% since 2010 according to data from the World Bank, to an estimated 416 billion dollars. Unlike 20–30 years ago when Africa turned to the west for cash, today China is the creditor of choice. The Chinese are shelling out massive ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Who’d you rather work for in Kenya: a U.S. or Chinese company?

Chinese companies, generally, have a terrible reputation in Africa when it comes to labor relations. There are widely-held perceptions PRC firms are often abusive, insensitive and generally have a poor track record when dealing with African employees. Reports of human rights violations at Zambian mines, late pay for Kenyan railway workers and poor treatment of construction crews in Cameroon are just a few examples of the kinds of infractions that ... Read More »

[AUDIO] A new generation of Chinese social entrepreneurs emerges in Africa

The story of the The story of the Chinese in Africa is one that has been largely defined by either state or corporate interests. Whereas there are hundreds, if not thousands, of Western non-governmental organizations and other civil society groups have long been active in Africa, there are a just a handful of similar Chinese organizations dedicated to charity and ... Read More »

Can Chinese Solar Companies Penetrate into Rural Africa?

By Chen Jiayi, Youth Fellow at China House in Nairobi, Kenya “If I tell you that this phone is made in China, what is your first thoughts?”, David, worked in Teule Kenya, an NGO organization working on education, smiled and asked a question in reply when we asked him whether Africans don’t trust China-made products. “Branding and public perception are ... Read More »

Villain? Or Vulnerable? The story of a young Chinese manager in Kenya

I have to lean in to hear Zeng over the howling protests of steel meeting stone outside—although I suspect were we not on an active construction site, I might have still have to strain. A slight man, Zeng strikes me as a guy reluctant to fill a space with his voice. Zeng is twenty-six. Did I hear that correctly? I ... Read More »

[AUDIO] A journalist’s view on reporting the China-Africa story

The US-based online news site Quartz is among a growing number of international media companies that is investing resources to better cover Africa. The company launched Quartz Africa in June 2015 with the opening of a new bureau in Nairobi and the deployment of a small team of journalists. Among those assigned to Kenya was Lily Kuo who previously reported ... Read More »

[AUDIO] U.S. not concerned about Chinese competition in Africa… but it probably should be

The difference between US and Chinese foreign policies in Africa was on stark display in July when president Barack Obama made his landmark visits to Kenya and Ethiopia. The president brought along with him a vast agenda that transcended trade, democracy, human rights, gay rights, women’s issues and on and on and on. Compare that to similar visits to both ... Read More »

[TRANSLATION] Chinese online reactions to #RacistRestaurant in Nairobi

Special to the China Africa Project On March 24th, a Chinese restaurant in Kenya stirred up a heated discussion among the local Chinese community. Subsequently, numerous comments had been made by the local Chinese people in the following days.Unfortunately, such discussions didn’t reach the ears of local residents nor the foreigners. And this may be one of the reasons that ... Read More »

Chinese People in Africa: An Inside View into Their Daily Lives (Translation) Part 6 – Kenya

Chinese law magazine “Rule of Law Weekly” interviewed six Chinese people who are working in Africa.  Each individual works in a different country and they all have a story to tell.  The following is the sixth installment in the six-part series. Kenya Rule of Law Weekly reporter Gao Yin   Translation by Erik Myxter “First I wanted to gain more knowledge ... 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 »