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[AUDIO] 2017 China-Africa Year in Review

2017 was an eventful year in China-Africa relations. Overall the two sides remain deeply engaged with one another, however indications began to emerge this year that the relationship is undergoing a profound change. No longer can we expect to see steadily rising China-Africa trade volumes as prices for many African commodity were largely flat in 2017 and China also started ... Read More »

[AUDIO] How one young Chinese scholar wants to change outdated perceptions of Africa

Leo Li is a Phd candidate in African politics at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. Before he returned to Beijing to continue his academic work, Leo spent years reporting from Africa for the China Daily newspaper and later as a TV reporter for the Chinese international TV news network CGTN. Leo represents a new generation of young Chinese scholars, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Africa confronts tough choices as economies falter, instability rises

Faced with slumping economies, restive populations and, in many areas, the surging threat of sectarian violence, a growing number of African countries stand at a critical juncture where they must decide who to turn to for help: to their new friends in Beijing or to those ‘lenders of last resort’ in Washington, London and Brussels. Now that the days of ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Are Chinese IT companies doing enough to train locals in Africa?

The Chinese telecom giant Huawei recently launched a massive publicity campaign to raise awareness in Africa about all that it is doing to train local employees. The company has opened at least five training centers in different countries across the continent and claims that it has provided skills training to 12,000 Africans students every year. Every year, Huawei sponsors thousands ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s special economic zones in Africa: lots of hype, little hope

A decade ago China announced it would develop of a series of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Africa to boost trade and industrialization. Given the phenomenal success of China’s SEZs that helped to spark the PRC’s three-decades of history-making economic growth, not surprisingly, hopes ran high in Africa for similar results. Initially, there were plans for 50 such economic zones ... Read More »

[AUDIO] How a little bridge in Guangzhou connects China & Africa

The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is home to China’s largest African migrant population, predominantly from Nigeria. In the city’s Little North Road neighborhood there is a small pedestrian bridge where immigrants from all over the world go to relax, hang out and have their picture taken by local Chinese photographers. Brooklyn-based artist Daniel Traub was so intrigued by these ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Religion among African immigrants in China

Nestled in apartments and offices throughout the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou are dozens of improvised churches that cater to the region’s Pentacostal Africans, largely from Nigeria. These churches not only serve the community’s religious needs but also act as a sort of cultural refuge for African migrants living in Guangzhou. National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) masters candidate Chen Yirong ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China steps up in West Africa to help fight ebola

China appears to be leveraging the ebola crisis in West Africa to radically improve its controversial foreign aid record. In contrast to Western countries who have evacuated their medical personnel from the region, China has sent teams of experts along with millions of dollars in badly needed medical supplies. Their efforts appear to be paying off in the eyes of ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Terrorism: US & China’s common enemy in Africa

While US and Chinese interests often have divergent interests in Africa, they do share at least one common enemy: terrorism. Chinese nationals have been kidnapped and held for ransom in a number of African countries including South Sudan, Egypt and now in Cameroon where Nigerian-militants believed to be members of Boko Haram are holding three Chinese hostages. Dr. Ross Anthony ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s new diplomacy in Africa

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang wrapped up his four-nation tour of Africa where he set out to broaden Beijing’s diplomacy on the continent beyond natural resource extraction. Li was well-received in each stop along his journey and seemingly received high marks for China’s new, more ambitious agenda in Africa. Eric & Cobus look at the key trends to emerge from ... Read More »