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Public Relations with Chinese Characteristics

The Chinese approach to public relations often comes under fire by groups that espouse values of engagement and transparency. There is an attempt to measure Chinese PR performance against liberal democratic ideals, and unsurprisingly, those using this metric often come up disappointed time and time again.   ...

For Many Chinese in Africa, There’s a Fine Line Between “Eating Bitter” and Actually Becoming Bitter

Where do we find the line between eating bitterness and becoming bitter? In the latest episode of the China in Africa Project podcast, "The Bitter Life for Chinese Migrant Workers in Ethiopia," hosts Eric Olander and Cobus ...

Chinese Loans in Africa: Debt or Latent Aid?

China’s lending to developing countries often comes as part of massive financial packages for mega-projects. Debt sustainability comes into question for both parties involved. Some critics warn of debt traps where China is jockeying for political influence and ownership, while other ...