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China-Africa in the news: Zuma on China, Zambia’s arms deal, Mandarin in Zim schools, Chinese textiles in Nigeria, West Africa’s iron mines

The West still regards Africa as “the third world,” South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma told Russian television network RT, and sees its relationship to the continent as one of former master-former subject. The same perspective informs economic relations between the… Continue Reading

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China-Africa in the news: Risky loans, Queensway, Zimbabwe’s tobacco, Djibouti, Mswati’s Taiwan trip, Tiens Group

China is “growing less tolerant” of its “cheque book” diplomacy strategy. The strategy has seen China become the biggest lender to developing nations, a good number of them unstable or poorly governed (like Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe). China has lent billions of dollars to the developing world so it can “win friends and commercial advantage,” and also, ultimately, burnish its credentials as leader of the developing world. But the risks of the strategy might come to outweigh the benefits. Continue Reading

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China-Africa in the news: Billion-dollar deals, Chinese football, Kenyan ivory, cheap cement exports

It was a week of billion-dollar deals. China Railway Construction Corp Ltd signed two deals in Nigeria and Zimbabwe worth a combined $5.5 billion. In Nigeria the Chinese-state owned corporation signed a $3.5 billion contract with the Ogun State government to… Continue Reading

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Why did China’s infrastructure-for-resources model fail in Nigeria?

Wits China-Africa Reporting grant recipient Emeka Umejei investigates why China’s infrstructure-for-resources deal failed in Nigeria, originally published on  African Arguments I was on board the defunct Air Nigeria Airline to the Gambia for the Conference for African Ministers, Fisheries and… Continue Reading