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Development bank to top agenda as Brazil hosts sixth BRICs summit

BRICS leaders at 2013 G-20 Saint Petersburg summit: Dilma Rousseff, Manmohan Singh (who has since been replaced by Narendra Modi), Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and Jacob Zuma. Photo: Agência Brasil/Wikimedia Commons.

2 weeks ago

The creation of a $50 billion development bank and $100 billion reserve fund is expected to top the agenda at the summit. According to Bloomberg, “the initiatives are born out of frustration with a lack of participation in global governance, particularly in the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.” However, Bloomberg also notes that the initiatives are still not enough to “revive the group’s waning clout.”

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African migrants in China face hostility

The southern end of Baohan Straight Street, the heart of the African area, Dengfeng Subdistrict, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. Photo: Anna Frodesiak/Wikimedia Commons.

3 weeks ago

The message is clear: Africans are not welcome in China. It is an uncomfortable truth that the Chinese authorities are keen to conceal. Lan Shanshan, an assistant professor at Hong Kong’s Baptist University, claims state-owned newspapers have been instructed to report favorably on Africans in China.

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China’s security challenge in Africa

Ghanain miners and Chinese workers. Courtesy Photo.

3 weeks ago

  Favour E. Nunoo For the People’s Republic of China, there is no pretence at charity or aid; they make no bones about their growing presence in Africa and intentions. Africa’s best strategy in this relationship therefore largely depends on its capacity to drive a hard bargain with Beijing. One issue that is however becoming […]

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Chinese herbal medicine death sentence in Uganda

Wasswa (right) piles TIENS products up on the counter of teh store in Iganga

1 month ago

200,000 Ugandans have signed up to a company believing it will cure all their illnesses and help them make a fortune. But it is more likely to do the opposite, writes reporting grant recipient James Wan, in an article originally published on Think Africa Press Kampala, Uganda: On the corner of a bumpy, red-soil road […]

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Beijing hosts China-Africa media forum

Delegates at the first Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation held in Beijing in August, 2012.  [Photo by CCTV.com/Zhang Jingya]

1 month ago

Over 150 delegates from more than 40 African countries are in Beijing for the Second Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation. The day-long event “aims to deepen cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and promote the development of a new China-Africa strategic partnership.”

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Bride and prejudice: Afro-Chinese marriages in Guangzhou

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2 months ago

Guangzhou is witnessing many Afro-Chinese marriages, but the mainland’s lack of citizenship rights for husbands and a crackdown on foreign visas means families live in fear of being torn apart, writes Jenni Marsh. The article was first published in the Post Magazine of South China Morning Post Eman Okonkwo’s foot-tapping at the altar is not […]

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Ghana’s gold loses its lustre for Chinese miners

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2 months ago

Miners from China face corruption, legal obstacles and even physical danger as they work the African country’s soil for the precious metal by Amy Nip reporting from Kumasi and Obuasi in Ghana. This story was originally published in South China Morning Post A pickup sped through dense layers of tropical vegetation in Obuasi, a gold-mining […]

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New Bagamoyo port benefits Tanzania and region

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) delivers a speech at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on March 25, 2013.  While in Tanzania Xi Jinping signed 16 agreements, one of which is an undertaking to develop a massive port at Bagamoyo, about 60 kilometres north of Dar es Salaam.  (Xinhua Photo)

2 months ago

While in Tanzania Xi Jinping signed 16 agreements, one of which is an undertaking to develop a massive port at Bagamoyo, about 60 kilometres north of Dar es Salaam city. It is billed as the biggest port in Africa once complete, and will handle 20 times more cargo than Dar es Salaam port, which is currently Tanzania’s largest port. The port is expected to facilitate trade in the region by acting as a hub for raw materials coming in and out neighbouring landlocked countries, as well as bringing Chinese manufactured goods into the region.

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