Twice-weekly discussion about China's engagement across Africa and the Global South hosted by journalist Eric Olander and Asia-Africa scholar Cobus van Staden in Johannesburg.
Following the killing of a 16-year old boy in Ghana, two more incidents of violence involving Chinese occur in Nigeria, prompting an official protest from Beijing for Abuja to do more to protect Chinese nationals | Why the leadership change at China's Export-Import Bank may be more important than who becomes the country's next president | Eric & Cobus offer rare praise to a think tank report on China Africa relations.
Phd candidate Elsje Fourie is the special guest this week to discuss her research on how China's economic development model is gaining popularity in parts of Africa | Anti-Chinese, anti-immigrant journalism in South Africa | The increasingly cozy relationship between Chinese and African elites.
The number of African students studying in China has grown 20% a year since 2003 and is part of a broader Chinese strategy to deepen Beijing's ties to the continent | Two Chinese construction workers were shot and killed in northern Nigeria, bringing the six week death toll in West Africa to six | The impact of the elections in the US and China's leadership change on the two superpowers' policies in Africa.
China sees a huge opportunity to change the narrative of international news coverage of Africa. With huge investments in TV, Internet and print media in Africa, Beijing clearly sees media as an integral part of its overall Africa strategy. University of Oxford research fellow Iginio Gagliardone specializes in Chinese media in Africa is our special guest this week.
The controversial politics behind Beijing Automotive Works plans to break in to South Africa's contentious taxi manufacturing market | Chinese industrial logging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo | China's role in helping lift African countries to Middle Income Country (MIC) status, but who really cares?
A South African court ruled that the country's delay in granting a visa to Tibetan spiritual leader was "unlawful" | A huge China-Africa trade fair gets underway in South Africa | France and the US recognize they are both falling behind China in the race to develop Africa's emerging markets.
China is moving aggressively to be a player in Africa's emerging education sector. Beijing is using both traditional aid development mechanisms as well as investments in technology to enhance adult education.
China's huge loan package to Uganda to build the controversial Entebbe-Kampala Highway | Ugandan journalists embark on media training programs in China | counterfeit mobile phones sold throughout East Africa are souring the already questionable 'Made in China' brand.
Although US officials talk about engaging Africa with as much enthusiasm as their counterparts in Beijing, US foreign and trade policy for Africa remain largely stagnant | How Chinese companies are taking advantage of Africa's free trade agreement with the US as a backdoor into the American market | Why Chinese aid programs in Africa are "much less complicated" than Western development initiatives.
A contentious debate between two leading academics breaks out over whether China is really building 100 dams in Africa | China & Japan eye Zimbabwe's vast coal reserves | In the wake of the uprising in the Central African Republic, China appears to be getting the hang of evacuating its people from troubled African states.