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Trump May Actually Be The Greatest Gift China Could Ask For In Africa

The China Africa Project | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 01.10.2017 | World

Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer...

Chinese literature in Africa: meaningful or simply ceremonial?

The Conversation Africa | Posted 11.21.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Catherine Gilbert, King's College London Sino-African relations have garnered a great deal of public interest in recent decades. Commentary tends to ...

Can China Still Claim 'Non-Interference' In Africa?

The China Africa Project | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 10.03.2016 | World

Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer...

Ghana Resident: Why Don’t Chinese Companies Hire African Workers?

The China Africa Project | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 08.12.2016 | World

Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer...

Chinese Worker In Ghana: Why Are Wild Rumors About China So Prevalent In Africa?

The China Africa Project | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 07.07.2016 | World

Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer...

Nigerian In China: Why Are Chinese People So Racist Towards Black People?

The China Africa Project | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 06.27.2016 | World

Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We're here to answer y...

China's Ambitious Plan For A New Silk Road Takes Shape In Africa

The China Africa Project | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 06.15.2016 | World

Four years and some hundreds of billions of dollars later, China's ambitious global trading strategy known as the "Maritime Silk Road" or "One Belt, O...

In The Future, ‘Made In China’ Could Become ‘Made In Africa’

The China Africa Project | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 06.08.2016 | World

There's a pretty good chance that some of the clothes you're wearing, the shoes on your feet and even the device you're using to read this were made i...

A Racist Chinese Ad Revealed How The West And China React To Racism

The China Africa Project | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 06.01.2016 | World

The company behind the racist Chinese laundry detergent ad that sparked widespread online outrage around the world issued a half-hearted apology for t...

Inside The Fight To Save Kenya's Oldest National Park

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 07.21.2016 | Green

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Last month, Kenya was the toast of the wildlife conservation world when it hosted a spectacular "ivory burn," setting fire to $172 m...

Why More Chinese Companies in Africa Are Choosing to Be Good to Their Neighbors

Eric Olander | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Eric Olander

Chinese companies around the world, particularly in Africa, have a well-earned reputation for being bad corporate citizens. Increasingly, however, that's not entirely the case. International Institute for Environment and Development researcher Weng Xiaoxue joins us in the podcast above to discuss why the old memes about Chinese corporate behavior in Africa are rapidly changing.

What It's Like to Be Black in China

Eric Olander | Posted 05.04.2016 | World
Eric Olander

Being black in China is not easy, but it's not as bad as many would have you think, according to our two guests this week who are both black immigrants currently living in Beijing.

As China's Investment in Africa Falls, Turkey Looks to Capitalize

Eric Olander | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Eric Olander

While China and other emerging markets have pared back their investments in Africa, this has opened an opportunity for new players to step into the market. Former U.S. Ambassador David Shinn joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to discuss the changing landscape of foreign investment in Africa.

How Chinese Law Is Reaching All the Way to Kenya

Eric Olander | Posted 04.20.2016 | World
Eric Olander

The Kenyan government's consent to a Chinese request for the deportation of dozens for alleged cyber and telecom fraud has now bloomed into a full-scale diplomatic crisis. In the podcast above, we explore the context of the Sino-Kenyan action and discuss how it is part of a broader global trend of the Chinese reaching far overseas to enforce its laws at home.

Why China Is Increasingly Investing in African Property

Eric Olander | Posted 04.13.2016 | World
Eric Olander

In the past, Africa has not been a popular destination for Chinese real estate investors, but there is new evidence to suggest that may no longer be the case. Dr. Honita Cowaloosur of the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to discuss why Chinese investors are now choosing to invest in African real estate and why the continent is seen as an increasingly desirable investment destination.

What It's Like for a Chinese Journalist in Africa to Cover the China-Africa Story

Eric Olander | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
Eric Olander

How foreign journalists report on the China-Africa story is often determined by the national origin of their news organization. These so-called "embedded narratives" run deep, particularly among older journalists, but a new generation of young foreign correspondents in Africa is challenging some of these dated caricatures. Zhang Zizhu is one of them. She joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to reflect on covering the Chinese in Africa.

How Screwed Africa Is for Being Too Economically Dependent on China

Eric Olander | Posted 03.31.2016 | World
Eric Olander

When China sneezes, does Africa catch a cold? Nicholas Norbrook, managing editor of The Africa Report magazine, examined how much of Africa's current economic headwinds are due to China's ongoing transition from a manufacturing to a service-led economy. He joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to discuss this topic.

How China Is Changing Africa

Eric Olander | Posted 03.23.2016 | World
Eric Olander

In their new book "Continental Shift: A Journey Into Africa's Changing Fortunes," 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 the African countries they visited. The Chinese presence in Africa, they observed, "is the defining phenomenon of our time." In this podcast, they discuss their new book and their perceptions of China's role in Africa's "continental shift."

Chinese Migrants in Africa Are Getting Hit by the Slowing Global Economy

Eric Olander | Posted 03.03.2016 | World
Eric Olander

Thousands of Chinese migrants who settled in Africa over the past decade or so now face mounting uncertainty as economic growth slows across the continent and back home in China. Dr. Yoon Jung Park, one of the world's leading experts on Chinese migration in Africa, joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to discuss what impact the slowing global economy will have on China's migrant population in Africa.

China's Mobile Payment Revolution Is Going to Africa

Claire van den Heever | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
Claire van den Heever

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Gaining market share in Africa is a very different kettle of fish. Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu's red envelope rivalry may remain limited to China for now, but a battle for access to Africa's burgeoning mobile Internet market could be on the horizon, too.

China's Presence in South America Is Considerably Larger Than in Africa, but We Never Hear About It

Eric Olander | Posted 02.22.2016 | World
Eric Olander

Dr. Ferchen, an associate professor of international relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing, joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to compare China's engagement in Africa with what it's doing in Latin and South America.

Why Reducing Ivory Demand in China Won't Curb Poaching in Africa

Eric Olander | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Eric Olander

Most Western environmentalists contend that curbing demand in China for ivory is the key factor to help save the African elephant from extinction. Damien Mander disagrees. Mander, the founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation and a leader in a new movement that is militarizing the fight against illegal wildlife poaching in southern Africa, joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to discuss what he thinks needs to be done to save Africa's rapidly shrinking elephant population.

Move Over Facebook: WeChat Is Set to Become the Only App African Internet Users Need

Claire van den Heever | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Claire van den Heever

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Today, digital banking, investing and lending have gone mainstream in China, with millions of consumers skipping straight from cash to mobile finance. The African market shows similar potential.

Inside China's Risky Gamble in the Middle East

Eric Olander | Posted 01.28.2016 | World
Eric Olander

While the strategic logic of China's desire to broaden its reach in the Middle East and North Africa is obvious, the key question is whether or not Beijing is capable of successfully navigating the region's volatile, often violent politics. Lina Benabdallah, a China-Africa scholar at the University of Florida's Center for African Studies, joins Eric & Cobus this week -- in the podcast above -- to discuss Xi's recent Mideast trip and what it says about the current direction of Chinese foreign policy.

Why the Chinese Aren't Really Trying to Steal Land in Africa

Eric Olander | Posted 11.08.2016 | World
Eric Olander

Together with other Sino-African scholars, Johns Hopkins University Professor Deborah Brautigam traveled across Africa in search of any evidence to support the allegation that the Chinese enterprises are making massive investments in African agriculture. She joins Eric & Cobus this week -- in the podcast above -- to discuss her new book and why the mythology of Chinese land imperialism in Africa is so persuasive.