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Why the Chinese Are Not on a Land-Buying Spree in Africa

Eric Olander | Posted 05.20.2016 | World
Eric Olander

The Western and African media have long fueled the myth that Chinese investors are buying up vast tracts of land across Africa as part of some neo-colonial plan to export food back to China. Professor Ian Scoones from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex joins us to discuss why Chinese engagement in African agriculture is not what it seems.

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 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."

China and Gambia Reestablish Diplomatic Ties

Taylor Butch | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Taylor Butch

On March 17, China and the Islamic Republic of Gambia signed a communique to resume diplomatic ties, effective immediately. China and Gambia, a small...

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.

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.

Volatility in Africa Is Forcing China to Rethink Its Foreign Policy

Eric Olander | Posted 01.21.2016 | World
Eric Olander

In the podcast above we discuss how the Chinese government is rapidly escalating its power projection abilities while simultaneously re-orienting its policy framework to accommodate the government's pressing need to protect its people and property abroad.

Africa's Feeling the Chill of China's Cooling Economy

Eric Olander | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Eric Olander

Kai Xue joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to discuss the current downward economic trends and what to expect from the Chinese-African economic relationship in 2016.

At China-Africa Summit, Beijing Shows It's Committed

Eric Olander | Posted 12.08.2015 | World
Eric Olander

On this week's show, Eric & Cobus discuss the recent Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit from two distinct perspectives with Lily Kuo, the Nairobi-based correspondent for the online business news site Quartz, and Walter Ruigu, managing director of China Africa Merchants Advisors Limited.

How Terrorism Is Affecting China's Africa Agenda

Eric Olander | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Eric Olander

With each of these attacks, the perception at home is that China may now be a great power but one that can't seem to protect its people abroad. The Chinese clearly recognize the problem. The question is can they do anything about it? This week, Eric & Cobus discuss -- in the podcast above -- the new security realities confronting China's engagement in Africa and MENA and explore what options, if any, policymakers have to confront the mounting threat against their people and interests.

China-Africa Summit: What to Look for Beyond the Hype and Hypocrisy

The Conversation Africa | Posted 11.27.2015 | World
The Conversation Africa

China is the world's most economically successful authoritarian government. It will continue favouring like-minded authoritarian regimes, notably non-resource-rich Ethiopia and Rwanda. But it also shows surprising interest in, and support for, a variety of African democratic experiments.

What to Expect at This Year's Mega China-Africa Summit

Eric Olander | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Eric Olander

Leading Africa-China scholar Dr. Sven Grimm joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to discuss what impact China's changing economy will have on its Africa policy and how this will likely play out at the summit.

What It's Like to Report the China-Africa Story

Eric Olander | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Eric Olander

As a former China-based journalist who now lives and reports on Africa, Lily is among the first reporters on the continent with a distinctive background in Sino-African relations. She joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to talk about the opportunity and challenges of covering the China/Africa story.

LISTEN: Are the Good Times Over for China and Africa?

Eric Olander | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Eric Olander

Thembinkosi Gcoyi, a former diplomat who spent four years as an economic counselor at the South African embassy in Beijing, joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to discuss his outlook for African-Chinese economic relations.

LISTEN: How China's Economic Slowdown Will Impact Africa

Eric Olander | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Eric Olander

This week Eric & Cobus discuss why there is so much confusion in understanding how China's economic difficulties may or may not be felt in Africa and why the media's coverage of this issue is so confusing.

Why China's Economic Woes Are Causing Alarm in Africa

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.25.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Amadou Sy, director of the ...

LISTEN: Why China's Changing Its Opinion About African Wildlife Conservation

Eric Olander | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Eric Olander

A dramatic shift in Chinese public opinion about animal welfare and global wildlife conservation appears to be underway. Supported by high-profile cel...

LISTEN: What's Motivating China's Military Push in Africa?

Eric Olander | Posted 07.02.2016 | World
Eric Olander

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.

South Africa Tourism In Crisis As Chinese Reject New Visa Regulations

Eric Olander | Posted 06.23.2016 | World
Eric Olander

With the world's largest number of outbound tourists who spend more than visitors from any other country, the Chinese tourist is a prized asset. In the case of South Africa, the effects of the Chinese absence are being felt across the economy as flights are cancelled, hotel rooms go unfilled and restaurants operate below capacity.

France's 'Influential Power' and Sino-European Relations

David Gosset | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
David Gosset

On the occasion of his second official visit to Beijing as the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius will attempt to co-write a new chapter of the Sino-French relations while a profound redistribution of power affects Paris' position in the international arena.