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Wits China-Africa Project holds journalists roundtable

Lucy Corkin from Rand Merchant Bank, whose presentation was about economic engagements and financial flows between China and Africa.

The Wits China-Africa Projects’ journalists roundtable on 6 November was a vibrant success. The roundtable brought together more than 60 journalists, experts and scholars from Africa, Asia, and Europe to illuminate on the many facets of the China-Africa relationship. Brigitte… Continue Reading

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Think pieces by the China-Africa Knowledge Project

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The China-Africa Knowledge Project recently published 21 think pieces exploring different questions of the China-Africa relationship. The pieces were presented at a conference – Making Sense of the China-Africa Relationship: Theoretical Approaches and the Politics of Knowledge – held on… Continue Reading

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Reporting Resources

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Resources about China-Africa relations for journalists. Not comprehensive by any means, they offer an introduction to understanding Africa’s engagement with China, a point of entry. It includes government websites, blogs, think tanks and research projects, journals, and a few books. The database is a work in process and reflects current developments in the field. Continue Reading

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On the trail of China’s dragon head companies in East Africa

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang with Presidents Museveni of Uganda, Kenya's Kenyatta, Rwanda's Kagame and Salva Kiir of S. Sudan on May 11, 2014, during the signing ceremony of the Standard Gauge Railway agreement at the State House in Nairobi.

At the outset, it is worth pointing out that the presence of Chinese companies in East Africa is too extensive, multi-layered and intricate to be covered comprehensively in one fell swoop. With over 1000 companies engaged in fields as diverse as mining, infrastructure, telecommunication, hospitality and manufacturing, any attempt at providing a holistic picture is over-ambitious and the best attempts can only offer snippets of understanding. Continue Reading

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China-Africa in the news: China hosts South Sudan rebels, Chinese firms exporting “tools of torture,” and Shanghai Electric wins $1.2 billion contract in Namibia

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South Sudan rebels travelled to Beijing, China, to meet with Chinese government officials over the conflict in South Sudan. The rebel delegation was in Beijing on the invitation of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, according to China Daily. The China Daily… Continue Reading

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South Africa’s Chinese celebrate their double heritage

Members of the Chinese Association in South Africa celebrate the arrival of the new year in 2014.

Apart from the legendary visits by Chinese seafarers under the command of Admiral Zheng He in the 15th century at Mogadishu (Somalia) and Lamu and Malindi in Kenya, the only other mainland African country to register an early presence of the Chinese is South Africa. – Continue Reading

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China-Africa in the news: China’s Ebola efforts earn both praise and criticism, Mali secures funding from Beijing, and claims of corruption in Zimbabwe’s Chinese-funded projects

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China ramped up its support to efforts aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, announcing $32 million worth of humanitarian aid and sending 59 laboratory personnel to the region. This is on top of the $5 million worth… Continue Reading