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CCTV Africa: Frontline of China's Soft-Power Diplomacy

Since its launch in 2012, CCTV Africa has grown considerably in its distribution and programming. However, the central question remains as to whether or not anyone is actually watching to justify the massive investment undertaken by the Chinese government. According to research by leading ...

China's New Diplomatic Strategy in Africa: Humility

Just a few weeks after visiting Chinese premier Li Keqiang admitted that China was going through "growing pains" in its engagement Africa,

U.S. & China in Africa: Competition or Cooperation?

The United States and China are competing for markets and influence in a number of theaters around the world, none more so than in Africa. While Beijing's "no strings attached" approach is certainly popular among Africa's elites, the United States remains a potent economic ...

China's New Diplomacy in Africa

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang wrapped up his four-nation tour of Africa where he set out to broaden Beijing's diplomacy on the continent beyond natural resource extraction. Li was well-received in each stop along his journey and seemingly received high marks for China's new, ...

China's PM Aims to Reset Relations with Africa

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has embarked on his first official visit to Africa since becoming premier and he has indicated that he hopes to re-orient Beijing's relations with the content beyond trade and natural resource extraction. This week on the program, Eric and ...

China's New Competitor: Africa

By Edward Paice and Jonathan Bhalla of the Africa Research Institute “China: friend or foe?” was the title of a special Q & A session with the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, on Tuesday 30 July. Of course loaded leading ...

Zambia and Bostwana Push Back Against the Chinese

If you are curious as to what a bad week for China's diplomatic agenda in Africa looks like, then last week would be it. First, the Zambian government announced that it had finally had enough of the allegations of labor abuses and sub-standard working ...

John Kerry on US-China-Africa relations

In his Senate confirmation hearings, Washington's new top diplomat John Kerry used some historically loaded language when it came to describing the Chinese in Africa. He will have a very steep learning curve on this issue when he takes office this week | Even ...

With An Eye on China, The U.S. Re-Orients Its Policy in Africa

The United States announces a new foreign policy platform for Africa that is eerily similar to China's 'aid not trade' position | Two of China's largest telecom manufacturers get a two-year ban from Algeria for corruption | The pros & cons of China's ambitious stadium diplomacy agenda in Africa and ...

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 ...
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