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China-Africa News: Oxpecker fellowship, China’s empire, Africa’s middling growth, SA-China ICT plan

An opportunity: “African environmental reporting group, the Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism, is offering an experienced Chinese environmental investigative journalist a three-month reporting Fellowship based in Southern Africa. The 2015 Fellow will work alongside the Oxpeckers core investigative team,… Continue Reading

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China-Africa in the news: Zimbabwe-China trade, railways in Tanzania, Transnet trains, South Africa’s clothes manufacturers

The relationship between Zimbabwe and China is often held up as a model of the wider China-Africa relations, according to a paper written by Zhang Chun and published by the South African Institute for International Affairs. This is because of… Continue Reading

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China-Africa in the news: S Africa’s visa laws, mines and medicine in Congo, ivory, Huawei, Ethiopia’s slow reforms

Two months ago, the Southern African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) said anxiety about South Africa’s new visa regulations was keeping tourists away, especially those from the key markets of China and India. However, those regulations were yet to take effect,… Continue Reading

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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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Mugabe’s Look East policy wears thin

In swallowing humble pie to start courting Western financiers again, Mugabe and his strategists must have looked into the crystal ball and contemplated a scary scenario of total collapse of an already fragile economy. That all the painstaking assurances to turn a new leaf and play by the book – respect for property rights for instance – were largely snubbed by Western financial and economic entities, is a fact that explains Mugabe’s turn to the familiar Look East policy. Continue Reading