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[PODCAST] The UN’s role in China’s African development agenda

For decades, the aid and development sectors in Africa have been dominated by Western countries who have channeled billions of dollars through international organizations like the World Bank, IMF and the United Nations. Today, amid anemic economic growth in the U.S. and Europe combined with surging anti-globalism, those once generous development budgets are now in jeopardy. Largely immune from the populist ... 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] There are a lot more Chinese soldiers in Africa today… and likely more to come

Over the past five years the Chinese military presence in Africa has undergone a profound change. Until 2012, the Chinese were happy to play a low-key support role in multinational peacekeeping operations on the continent, preferring to send military engineers and medical staff rather than deploy combat forces. Today, that is no longer the case. China is in fact the ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Why the stakes are so high for China in South Sudan

Nowhere else in Africa do China’s financial, diplomatic and geopolitical interests confront as much risk as they do in South Sudan. Beijing has invested billions of dollars in the country’s oil sector, deployed over a thousand troops to serve as UN Peacekeepers and committed considerable diplomatic capital to help resolve the ongoing civil/ethnic war between President Salva Kiir against former ... 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 booming Africa trade in torture devices

Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation recently published a new report that alleges China is selling hundreds of millions of dollars in so-called ‘torture tools’ to African governments. Despite mounting evidence these devices are being used to commit severe human rights abuses, little is being done to regulate or limit their sale. Patrick Wilcken is a security trade and ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Comparing Chinese & African economic development

Hannah Ryder has been on the job as the United Nations Development Program’s Deputy Country Director for China for just a couple of months. Although she’s new to China, Ryder is a veteran development professional with experience in Europe and Africa. A Kenyan-native, Ryder is using the opportunity in China to better understand what lessons from China’s incredibly rapid economic ... Read More »

Postcards from China: the same, but different

By Hannah Ryder, Deputy Country Director for China, United Nations Development Program I’m entering into my fourth week here in Beijing, and one of the experiments I tried last weekend was to order a takeaway. I was tired from a very hectic week of meetings – that was my excuse anyway! But it turns out the process of getting a takeaway ... Read More »

Postcards from Beijing: defying stereotypes in China

By Hannah Ryder, Deputy Country Director for China, United Nations Development Program A few days ago I arrived in Beijing to begin a new job as deputy country director for UNDP China. In this job, I’ll be heading a team that advises the Chinese government and other Chinese counterparts such as businesses how to cooperate effectively with other countries and further ... Read More »