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The Dark Side of Chinese Investment in Africa

Sam Pa is a mysterious man, largely unknown to the outside world. Yet Pa, who goes by at least 7 different aliases, represents the nefarious side of China's engagement in Africa. Sam Pa and his associates in the Hong Kong-based consortium known as the ...

A Flash Point in China-Africa Relations Re-Opens in Zambia

When critics of the Chinese in Africa make their case, the Collum coal mine in Zambia is invariably on their list of grievances. The controversial mine has been the site of violent labor disputes that have severely injured, even killed, both Zambians and ...

How the US and China Struggle to Balance Interests & Ideals in Ethiopia

In April, visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, showered her Ethiopian hosts in Addis Ababa with effusive praise about their country's budding "democracy." She expressed her hope that upcoming elections in May 2015 would be ...

China Malls Rise Amid Growing Xenophobia in South Africa

Chinese immigrants in South Africa have not been spared from the violent, anti-immigrant riots that have swept across Durban and Johannesburg, two of the country's largest cities. There have been reports of injuries along with at least

China Remix: African Migrant Life in Guangzhou

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to internet connectivity problems beyond our control, the audio quality of this edition of the podcast is bit lower than usual. Our sincere apologies. The African migrant population in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is largely made up of traders, ...

China, Africa and the PRC's Massive New Development Bank

57 countries including two from Africa, are among the founding members of China's new development bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). While the new bank's primary objective will be develop infrastructure projects in Asia, as its name suggests, there is widespread anticipation (mixed ...

Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in Africa

The Chinese government has spent billions of dollars in Africa on public diplomacy initiatives that are intended to improve the country's image. Central to that strategy is the growing network of Confucius Institutes (CIs) spread across the continent that are designed to introduce Chinese ...

China's Controversial Trade in Africa's Natural Resources

China often faces blistering criticism for its voracious appetite of Africa's natural resources. Chinese companies are spread across the continent mining, logging and fishing to feed both hungry factories and people back home. In most, if not all, African countries, ...

How a Little Bridge in Guangzhou Connects China & Africa

The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is home to China's largest African migrant population, predominantly from Nigeria. In the city's Little North Road neighborhood there is a ...

[TRANSLATION] Chinese Online Reactions to #RacistRestaurant in Nairobi

Special to the China Global South Project On March 24th, a Chinese restaurant in Kenya stirred up a heated discussion among the local Chinese community. Subsequently, numerous comments had been made by the local Chinese people in the following days.Unfortunately, such discussions didn’t reach the ears of local residents ...
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