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[AUDIO] So what do Zambians REALLY think of Chinese immigrants?

For decades Zambia had been the flash point of anti-Chinese sentiment in Africa. Late president and outspoken opposition leader Michael Sata was unrivaled in his seething criticisms of both China and the Chinese who had migrated to his country. Prior to his election in 2011, he famously slammed the Chinese for paying “slave wages” at Chinese-owned mines and later suggested Beijing ... 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 »

FOCAC 6: This time it’s different

When Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in Johannesburg to lead the upcoming Forum on China Africa Cooperation summit, he will be greeted as an old friend by his African counterparts. There will be smiles, the customary toasts to “win-win development” and a projection of confidence from both sides that all is well in China’s engagement strategy in Africa. But all ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Love & hate: Michael Sata’s complex relationship with China

Few figures defined China’s early engagement more than Zambia’s late president Michael Sata. As as opposition leader, the man known as the “King Cobra” was among Beijing’s most vocal critics in Zambia but later, once in power, became an avid supporter of China’s investment in Zambia. He was a shrewd politician who viewed the presence of the Chinese in his ... Read More »

Chinese companies in Africa turn to “positive energy” for China-Africa development [TRANSLATION]

Report from the “China-Africa Trade Unions High-Level Seminar” “Build harmonious labour relations between Chinese and African enterprises, encourage enterprises to undertake more social responsibility, not only protecting workers’ rights, but also contributing to the development of China-Africa’s economy and long lasting friendship”. Deliberations from the China-Africa Trade Unions High-Level Seminar held in Beijing, “Multi-National Corporations Labour Relations and the Role ... Read More »

China-Africa Trade Unions High-Level Seminar [TRANSLATION]

Creating a communication platform to serve China-Africa friendship With China-Africa relations getting increasingly closer, more and more enterprises enter Africa and invest in Africa. Within this phenomenon, how to build up harmonious labor relations and promote the sustainable development of Chinese enterprises in Africa? The China-Africa Trade Unions High-Level Seminar “Multi-National Corporations Labour Relations and the Role of Trade Unions” ... 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] 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 »

Al Jazeera’s King Cobra and the Dragon

There are few other, if any, media organizations producing as many consistently ground-breaking documentaries as Al Jazeera. Their latest episode of ‘People and Power,’ hosted by Paris-based China/Africa scholar Solange Chaterlard, gives an up close view of the critical role that the Chinese played in the 2011 Zambian elections. Chaterlard leveraged her truly remarkable access in Lusaka to give the ... Read More »