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The Politics of Banning Ivory in China

In February 2015, China announced a one-year ban on ivory imports. While many conservation groups such as the Environmental Investigation Agency denounced Beijing's policy as "ineffective," the San Francisco-based group WildAid said is an important step in the right direction and part of a ...

There's a Lot About China's Ties with Madagascar You Probably Don't Know

The Chinese population on the east African island of Madagascar defies many of the poorly-informed, albeit widely-held stereotypes about Chinese migrants on the rest of the continent. First, the community in Madagascar isn't small or isolated. In fact, the Chinese population on the island ...

Cameroon Highlights Pros & Cons of Chinese Infrastructure

When finished, the new deep-sea port in the southern Cameroonian city of Kribi will likely become a major gateway for all Central Africa. This will be Cameroon's only deep-sea port that can accommodate the larger inter-continental trading ships. This might explain why officials have ...

China-Africa Relations: A High School Perspective

Annie Hou (侯艺筱) is a third year high school student at Fudan International School in Shanghai who recently spent several weeks in Kenya as part of a program with the Chinese corporate social responsibility NGO China House Kenya.

The Spy Cables: Chinese Espionage in Africa

Buried in the trove of secret intelligence documents known as "The Spy Cables" obtained by Al Jazeera and The Guardian is a passing reference to allegations Chinese spies broke into a South African nuclear facility in ...

Is Chinese Corporate Behavior Improving in Africa?

The list of grievances against Chinese companies operating in Africa is long and varied, from violations of labor rights to environmental destruction to widespread allegations of corruption. Although it is hard to ...

China's BIG Gamble in the TINY Comoros Islands

The Comoros is a tiny island nation off the east coast of Africa in the Indian ocean and where a major Chinese experiment is underway. Chinese scientists and pharmaceutical have undertaken a radical experiment to test ...

Chinese Studies at the University of Botswana

It's long been said that while China may have an Africa policy, African countries conversely do not have a China policy. In particular, too many Africans do not understand the language, culture, and politics of their new number one trading partner. ...

China's Mystery Deal with the African Union

It's not really news anymore when China announces yet another massive infrastructure construction deal in Africa. Typically these deals are done at the national level so when Beijing and the African Union signed a major transport infrastructure MOU in late January it did raise ...

Flash of Anti-Chinese Xenophobia in the DR Congo

Anti-government protestors filled the streets of the DRC capital Kinshasa on January 19 and 20 to protest against a new election law making its way through the National Assembly. The new law calls for a national census before another presidential election is held which ...
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