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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

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

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