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The Chinese Quagmire in Sudan

As fighting between the rival Sudans resumes and an all-out civil war appears increasingly likely, China is seemingly stuck in the middle without a clear plan. Despite its best efforts to calm the situation through mediation, Beijing has ...

China Grapples with 'Hostage Politics' in Africa

China’s unprecedented expansion across Africa encountered a dramatic setback this past week with the kidnapping of dozens of its nationals in both Egypt and Sudan. In all, over 50 Chinese workers were taken captive and although most have now been released, an ...

China's Stadium Diplomacy in Africa: Is It Worth It?

https://soundcloud.com/chinatalkingpoints/china-in-africa-podcast-3 If you are an African football fan then there is no better place to be these next few weeks than in the Gabonese capital Libreville where tens of thousands are ...

China Hardens Stance Against Libya

The Chinese government stepped up its criticism on Thursday of US and European air strikes on Libya. "We believe that the objective of enforcing the U.N. Security Council resolution is to protect humanitarian (objectives) and not to create an even bigger humanitarian disaster,"foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang ...

China's Role in the Egyptian Revolution

China’s rise impacts the economy and political conscience of most countries. The scenes of protest and discontent have been felt across the Arab world January of 2011  and center on a disaffected youth’s desire for a better future – and a say in the crafting of that future. In this ...

Wikileaks Reveals Failures of Western Aid in Africa

It really shouldn’t comes as a huge surprise that African governments have become tired of the West’s indulgent aid and development programs that place a significantly higher emphasis on “process” over actual results. No doubt though that the latest damning Wikileaks release will shock, SHOCK, many in the Washington aid ...

Why the U.S. Just Doesn’t Have a Chance Against the Chinese in Africa

No doubt Africans across the continent likely reacted with puzzlement to one of the latest revelations from the stream of leaked United States diplomatic cables from the controversial whistle-blower website Wikileaks.  After a century of aggressive United States ...

Wikileaks Reveals Failures of Western Aid in Africa

It really shouldn’t comes as a huge surprise that African governments have become tired of the West’s indulgent aid and development programs that place a significantly higher emphasis on “process” over actual results.  No doubt though that the latest damning Wikileaks release will shock, SHOCK, many in the Washington aid ...

The Sino-U.S. Soft Power Showdown

Travel to almost any African capital and even before you make it from the airport to downtown there is a very high likelihood you will pass a Chinese construction project along the way.  From the new terminal at Jomo Kenyatta ...

India & China Compete in Africa

Africa is now the latest front in an increasingly global competition between India and China for new markets, agricultural land and access to natural resources.  While Western media and politicians have reacted with varying degrees of alarm over the surge of Chinese trade and investment in Africa, Indian companies have ...
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