China-Africa in the news: China to deploy troops to South Sudan, build steel plant in South Africa, and give more loans to Zimbabwe

China will deploy 700 troops to South Sudan later this year as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country. UN Photo/Stuart Price.

China to deploy troops to South Sudan China will deploy 700 troops to South Sudan later this year as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country. Contrary to initial reports of the decision, the soldiers are not… Continue Reading


China, South Africa and the Dalai Lama: costs and benefits

When Nelson Mandela met the Dalai Lama, Mandela hailed his commitment to the values of “every decent human being”.

Whether the government grants or does not grant a political figure from far-flung India a visa to come to South Africa is of little concern to rural farmers in Kwa-Zulu Natal or Mpumalanga. These populations are the bread and butter of the ANC electorate; denying the Dalai Lama a visa will have little bearing on who they will vote for in the next election. Continue Reading


Mugabe’s Look East policy wears thin

Mugabe & Xi Jinping

In swallowing humble pie to start courting Western financiers again, Mugabe and his strategists must have looked into the crystal ball and contemplated a scary scenario of total collapse of an already fragile economy. That all the painstaking assurances to turn a new leaf and play by the book – respect for property rights for instance – were largely snubbed by Western financial and economic entities, is a fact that explains Mugabe’s turn to the familiar Look East policy. Continue Reading


The implications of Chinese food scandals on foreign markets

DW Tainted food

More and more, the Chinese population is reluctant to consume “made in China” food products. China’s growing middle class is increasingly aiming at acquiring quality food supplies from overseas, particularly when it comes to dairy and meat products. This domestic shift is having a significant impact on the international food market, including Africa. Continue Reading


Grants for African journalists to attend Power Reporting 2014

Power Rep

Wits University will host Power Reporting – the African Investigative Journalism Conference – on 3-5 November, 2014. The university has a budget to bring 30 African journalists to Johannesburg for the conference. China-Africa Reporting will also host a roundtable for journalists working on or interested in China-Africa issues on Thursday, 6 November, a day after the main conference. Continue Reading


U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: An echo of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation?

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The point to make here is that the USA seems to have learned a lesson or two from China. One such lesson is that the Chinese state-party machinery is quite adept at cultivating contacts with African elites. It has also realised the value of seeing Africa as a single entity, and following up with conferences that serve multiple purposes. Continue Reading


China in Hong Kong: Why South Africa should be worried


Attacks and harassment of journalists are at their highest ever in Hong Kong. The police does not treat reported attacks on journalists seriously. Media is also under pressure from advertisers, who are often forced to pull ads from publications that are not pro-Beijing. With the Chinese government buying into South African media properties, Ufrieda Ho writes that Hong Kong should awaken South Africa to what could happen. Continue Reading