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China's Ambitious New 'Silk Road' Trade Route Takes Shape in Africa

Four years and hundreds of billions of dollars later, China's ambitious global trading strategy known as the "New Maritime Silk Road" or "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) is now coming to life, particularly in parts of East Africa where major ...

Industrialization in Africa: Ethiopia Wants to Become the New 'Made in China'

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 in China. Even as its economy slows, China remains the world's factory, churning out billions of ...

Outrage Over the #RacistChineseAd: What Did We Learn?

The company behind the racist Chinese laundry detergent ad that sparked widespread online outrage around the world issued a half-hearted apology for the uproar it caused. Actually, it was one of those 'we're ...

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Chinese in Africa… But Were Too Afraid to Ask

The Chinese presence in Africa has been so sudden and so all-encompassing that it's left a lot of people confused. Chinese farmers now compete for space and customers in Lusaka's open-air markets, Chinese textiles are undercutting Nigerian manufacturers, tens of thousands of Africans now ...

Why Chinese Agriculture Engagement in Africa is Not What it Seems

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. Sure, on one level,

Why More Chinese Companies in Africa Are Choosing To Be Good Neighbors

Chinese companies around the world, particularly in Africa, have a well-earned reputation for being bad corporate citizens. There are countless stories of labor rights violations, disregard of environmental ...

Race, Culture and the Politics of Being Black in China

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. Sure, people stare a lot and there are often some ...

As China & Other BRICS Slow Their Investments in Africa, Turkey Ramps Up

Remember when the BRICS were going to power the global economy? Well, the past few years have not been kind to Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. With the exception of India, the other members of this once elite ...

The Long Arm of Chinese Law Reaches All the Way to Kenya

The Kenyan government's consent to a Chinese request for the deportation of dozens of alleged cyber and telecom fraud has now bloomed into a full scale diplomatic crisis. Among those forcibly sent to China included dozens of Taiwan nationals, many ...

Chinese Migrants in Kenya: Why Do They Seek Religion?

The following article was written by Ge Yuchen, a fellow at China House Kenya “For Chinese residents like us, Jehovah’s Witness is not only a church that forsakes all kinds of racial prejudices, but also an ideal place for interacting with local people,” explained Mr. ...
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