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Sam Pa, China's Mysterious Middleman in Africa

Publicly China's engagement in Africa is based on "mutual benefit" or, as Chinese officials like to phrase it "win win." Behind the scenes, though, it's a little more complicated. Many of those multibillion dollar natural resource-for-infrastructure deals have been arranged by mysterious middlemen like ...

Mugabe Critic: Zimbabwe's 'Old Friend' China Is Bleeding It Dry

Harare-based economist and columnist Vince Musewe doesn't mince words in his criticism of Zimbabwe's growing financial dependence. Beijing is 'bleeding Zimbabwe dry' through loans and Musewe says enough is enough. He is calling on Robert Mugabe's government to come clean and reveal the secret ...

South Africa to Dalai Lama: 'You're Not Welcome' (Really)

For a third consecutive time, South Africa has made it clear to the Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama that he is not welcome to visit. Most recently, the DL was informed he would not receive a visa, forcing the controversial religious leader to ...

Cameroon's Illegal Timber Finds a Market in China

Cameroon's rainforests are rapidly vanishing due to widespread corruption, according to a new report from Greenpeace Africa. The environmental activist group alleges that much of the illegally-harvested timber from Cameroon ends up in China where customs authorities look ...

China-Africa Trade May Be Booming, but Big Problems Loom

Trade between China and Africa will break another new record this year as it's expected to top $200 billion. As trade continues to grow, officials from both regions frequently point to these figures as evidence of steadily improving ties. However, Beijing-based attorney Kai Xue ...

China's Massive Mining Deal in DR Congo is Back on Track

The controversial Sino-Congolese mining deal Sicomines has been revived thanks to new financing from China's Exim Bank. This is one of Beijing's biggest natural resources-for-infrastructure deals in Africa. If successful, the deal would net millions of tons in iron ore and cobalt for the ...

China Steps Up in West Africa to Help Fight Ebola

China appears to be leveraging the ebola crisis in West Africa to radically improve its controversial foreign aid record. In contrast to Western countries who have evacuated their medical personnel from the region, China has sent teams of experts along with millions of dollars ...

How China & U.S. Are "Complementary Rivals" in Africa

There is a persistent meme within the international media that China's rise in Africa represents a "new scramble" for resources on the continent or a new form of colonialism. Beijing-based China-Africa analyst and attorney Kai Xue says contrary to this view, increased engagement of ...

Reporter's Notebook: CCTV Africa's Special Reports From the DR Congo

CCTV Africa multimedia journalist Clementine Logan recently completed a series of special reports from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Part of her assignment was to report on the increasingly large presence of ...

China's Second Continent: The Howard French Interview

China may be sincere in its belief that its engagement in Africa is not neo-colonial or imperial in nature but author Howard French argues that may be what ultimately happens if Beijing continues on its current path. ...
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