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The China-Africa Honeymoon Is Over

There is a growing sense among Africans and Chinese alike that their once heady romance is now entering a new, more pragmatic phase. Across Africa, people and politicians are becoming visibly more concerned about the surging trade deficits, massive loan debts, persistent labor rights violations and a changing immigrant demography that may be beyond their control. China, for its part, is uncharacteristically humble in its assessments of the situation, describing it as “growing pains” and admitting that some of its people in Africa are undermining bilateral ties. Nairobi-based Sino-African consultant Huang Hongxiang joins us to talk about new challenges ahead.

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About Huang Hongxiang:

HuangHongXiangHuang Hongxiang graduated from Journalism school in Fudan University and SIPA (School of International and Public Affairs) in Columbia University of New York. As a freelance journalist for Southern Weekly, Atlantic, Mail&Guardian and so on, he went to Africa and South America many times to investigate and report on various issues, while at the same time focusing on Chinese investment with its related social environmental conflict resolution.

In May 2013, Mr. Huang graduated from SIPA and headed to Africa, where he works as a freelance journalist and business representative/consultant for responsible Chinese investment projects. In realizing his adventure dream about Africa and South America, he is dedicated to construct multi-stakeholder dialogue for China’s Going Out and ensure the sustainable development of Chinese overseas investment.

Huang is the founder of the Nairboi-based China House Kenya that provides consulting services to Chinese companies in Africa on sustainable development and investment. Click here to follow the China House Kenya on Facebook.

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