The implications of Chinese food scandals on foreign markets

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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?

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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


Wanted: Chinese journalists to participate in Africa reporting project

China Africa Reporting Tour

Wits Journalism’s China-Africa Reporting Project is offering reporting grants to Chinese journalists interested in unpacking the China-Africa relationship. The grants include funding and logistical support to visit Johannesburg and travel within sub-Saharan Africa to conduct research for an article or series of stories for publication or broadcast in China-based media. Continue Reading


China turns to NGOs to win African hearts  

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Chinese NGOs are another dimension of China’s “going out” strategy, according to Hu Jianlong. Whereas China’s aid to Africa has traditionally been characterised by “government-to-government” co-operation, officials think it is time to “infuse the process with new perspectives and forces to be gained from “P2P” (people-to-people) cooperation.” Continue Reading