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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,

Chinese Environmental Sustainability in Africa

The Chinese have a well-earned reputation in Africa for not being very environmentally conscious. From highly mechanized clear cutting of tropical forests to the wholesale slaughter of endangered wildlife, the Chinese do not have an impressive track record on the continent. However, there are ...

The Chinese "Invasion" of Africa's Informal Economy

Tens of thousands of independent, small-scale Chinese merchants are "invading" Africa's informal economy, posing a long term economic risk for the continent according to University of North Carolina professor Margaret C. Lee. Professor Lee joins us this week to talk about the pressure African ...

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 ...

Land of Opportunity: Africans in China

A pair of young Americans is working to raise money for a new documentary that chronicles the opportunities and challenges confronting African migrants in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. The film's producer, Melissa Lefkowitz, joins us to ...

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 & Ethiopia: Partners in Surveillance

Human Rights Watch's recent report on telecom surveillance in Ethiopia focuses a lot of attention on the role of Chinese contractors who are building out the country's new communications infrastructure. One of the co-authors of that report, Cynthia Wong, joins us for more on ...

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 & Africa: For Better or Worse

Itle Nganta Dogmo is a Cameroonian-born university student in the United States who is now raising money to produce a documentary movie about China's engagement in Africa. Itle was motivated in part to take on this project after seeing firsthand just how poorly informed ...
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