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The End of China's Non-Intervention Policy in Africa

For much of the past half-century, China differentiated itself from other major powers through its non-interference doctrine that dictated Beijing would not intervene in the domestic affairs of another country. And, for the most part, the Chinese have generally fulfilled ...

Why Africa Should Be Watching Political Shifts in China

Every year China's two major legislative bodies convene for what is typically a rather boring, uneventful gathering to ratify the president's agenda. This annual ritual, known commonly as the "Two Sessions," is when the National People's Congress, the mostly-rubber stamp ...

China's Leaders Spend a Lot of Time in Africa, Where They Go May Surprise You

Over the past 10 years Chinese leaders have made 79 official visits to 43 different African countries, according to new data from the Beijing-based consultancy Development Reimagined. Where the senior leadership goes offers some fascinating insights on China's priorities in Africa.

China and the Rise of Africa's New Autocrats

Anzetse Were is a Nairobi-based international development economist and newspaper columnist who is increasingly worried about a resurgence of autocratic rule in Africa. Buoyed by the United States’ apparent receding interest in promoting democratic and civil ...

China's New "Old Friend" in Zimbabwe

Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was long described by Chinese leaders as their 'old friend' in Africa. Mugabe's relationship with the Chinese dated back half a century when China supported anti-colonial guerrillas with weapons and training. ...

China May Be a Lot of Things in Africa, but It’s NOT a Colonizer

One of the most durable narratives about the Chinese in Africa is that the PRC is now just the newest foreign country to colonize the continent. While the Europeans may have used brute force, according to this widely-held perception, the Chinese instead using money ...

Get Ready Africa, the Big "Trump-Shift"​ to China is Coming

Over a month into his presidency, Donald Trump has yet to utter a single word about his foreign policy vision for Africa. Given that the combative president has picked fights with Mexico, Australia and, of course the 

Is China a Partner or Predator in Africa (or Both)?

Depending on who you speak with, China's engagement in Africa is often described in extreme terms as either the best thing to happen to the continent in the post-colonial era or just the latest foreign predator coming to pillage ...

How Taiwan Became a Divisive Wedge Issue in South Africa

South Africa's opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), now sees the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party's close ties to China as a vulnerability that the DA aims to exploit. Evidence of this new strategy came in December when the DA mayor of Pretoria, ...
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