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It’s Long Been Suspected That Few People in Africa Actually Consume Chinese Media, Now There’s Research to Prove It

Chinese media outlets have been steadily expanding in Africa over the past ten years.  Beijing has spent millions to build new production facilities, hire hundreds of local and international staff, and spent big on content distribution deals across the continent.  But ...

What the EU Can Learn From China’s Development Efforts in Africa

Legacy aid donors in the United States and Europe generally don't look to China for inspiration on poverty alleviation programs that their aid agencies implement in places like Africa. That's a big mistake according to Philani Mthembu, executive director at Institute for Global Dialogue in Johannesburg. Mthembu ...

Report: Number of Chinese Workers in Africa Has Steadily Fallen Since 2015

Reduced Chinese lending activity in Africa has prompted a steady exodus of Chinese laborers from the continent over the past five years, according to a new report published by the Beijing-based consultancy Development Reimagined and The Oxford China International Consultancy.

Chinese Workers May be Leaving Africa, But They’re Not Necessarily Returning Home Says Researcher

The two figures show the number of Chinese workers in the world and in Africa: The first graph includes the workers sent abroad by Chinese ...

How China Uses “Soft Law” To Engage Countries in Its Belt and Road Initiative

Since a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or a so-called "cooperation agreement" is not legally binding, many U.S. and European stakeholders often shrug when China announces that it's signed one of these agreements with countries along its Belt and Road Initiative. That's ...

In One of His First Public Appearances as China’s New Ambassador to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong Reaffirms Beijing’s Commitment to African Infrastructure Development

China's newly-arrived envoy to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong, made one of his first public appearances on Tuesday in a webinar organized by the South African Institute of International Affairs. Speaking from the embassy in Pretoria, Ambassador Chen spoke for about thirty minutes at the beginning of the ...

Lots of Great China-Africa Webinars Scheduled for October

Although we may be a bit fatigued from all the Zoom calls and webinars that now fill our calendars every week, try not to miss some of the China-Africa themed events over the next few weeks. This week, Quartz Africa Editor ...

ICYMI: The 2020 CARI Conference is Now Available to Watch Online

If you haven't been able to sit in on the China-Africa Research Initiative's ongoing annual conference, the discussions are now available to view online.  This year's conference focuses on China-Africa security relations and features a number of prominent scholars and analysts ...

One of America’s Most Prominent Economists Has a Sober Warning for U.S. Policymakers: Don’t Disengage From Africa

One of America's most prominent economists, Laurence H. Summers, issued a warning to U.S. policymakers to remain engaged in Africa or else risk ceding influence to China in what he says would be an "error of historic proportions." Summers, a former Treasury Secretary and president emeritus of ...

China’s Overall Approval Rating in Africa Dips But Not by Much According to New Survey

Positive public perceptions of China in several of Africa's largest countries have fallen in recent years but only by a little, according to the latest results from the independent, non-partisan public opinion research agency Afrobarometer. In Nigeria, public perceptions about whether ...
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