We cannot afford to have another Omran Daqneesh or to have more aid workers held at gunpoint. Innocent civilians and the people striving to protect them deserve more.
JUBA, South Sudan -- The headlines will fade, but the needs will not. South Sudan is a country on a precipice, and all of our help and attention is needed now, and in the months to come, if this new country is to realize its bright future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two years on, and their parents still wake up each morning not knowing whether their daughters are alive or dead, married or single or violated as slaves. They surely deserve more than a forlorn hope. The girls are now a symbol of our apparent weakness to protect young lives.
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.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- As I sit in traffic during Cape Town's busy rush hour, it's difficult to imagine that running beneath this city of approximately 3.75 million are hundreds of kilometers of underground brick tunnels, tunnels that transport millions of liters of fresh spring water from Table Mountain directly out into the sea. The mountains that overlook this beautiful city were once its lifeblood, supplying the entire population with water.
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."
Claudio Corallo has 40 years of experience producing coffee and chocolate in Africa, working first in Zaire (today the Democratic Republic of Congo) and since the 1990s in São Tomé and Príncipe, a tiny archipelago off the coast of Guinea in West Africa. When he started out, his greatest challenge was removing the characteristic bitterness of the variety of beans grown on his plantation. Today, he sells his dark chocolate to gourmet buyers in Europe, the United States and Japan.
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.
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.
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.