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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.