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[AUDIO] China in Africa Podcast: Winning Hearts, Minds and Wallets
July 4, 2010 | No Comment
[AUDIO] China in Africa Podcast: Winning Hearts, Minds and Wallets

In this edition of the “China in Africa” podcast, host Eric Olander speaks with Africa scholar Dr. David Robinson, Phd. of Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University about his recent article “Hearts, Minds and Wallets:  Lessons …

[AUDIO] In the Battle for Influence in Africa, China Turns to Agriculture
June 30, 2010 | No Comment
[AUDIO] In the Battle for Influence in Africa, China Turns to Agriculture

Xie Yajing is among the legions of faceless Chinese officials who are little known outside of their own bureaucracies.  Despite his prominence as a senior Chinese commercial counselor for Africa and West Asia, not a …

The Chinese Construction Boom in Kenya
June 22, 2010 | One Comment
The Chinese Construction Boom in Kenya

It may be hard to believe but half of all construction work underway in Kenya is now being done by Chinese firms, according to the U.S. public radio program “The World” (audio link below).  It …

China in Africa: The Transparency Paradox
June 22, 2010 | No Comment
China in Africa: The Transparency Paradox

Transparency is a loaded word in the development business.  The idea that aid and investments in places like Africa should be subject to external audits and review is a sacrosanct principle within the industry.  Never …

China in Africa Podcast: Understanding the “Negative Narrative”
June 12, 2010 | One Comment
China in Africa Podcast: Understanding the “Negative Narrative”

CHINA TALKING POINTS: I want to start by asking you about a blog post you wrote on April 19th of last month about what the West can learn from China’s activities in Africa and …

The China in Africa podcast: The Chinese in Kinshasa
June 8, 2010 | One Comment
The China in Africa podcast: The Chinese in Kinshasa

In this edition of the China Talking Points “China in Africa” podcast, host Eric Olander speaks with Kinshasa-native and veteran Congolese television producer Tunga “Mimi” Mbia about the remarkable growth of the city’s Chinese community. …

China in Africa Podcast: The Coming Sino-African Revolution
May 28, 2010 | One Comment
China in Africa Podcast: The Coming Sino-African Revolution

In this edition of the “China in Africa” podcast, Johannesburg-based blogger and academic Charlie Pistorius says the debate over whether  Chinese investment in Africa is either good or bad is entirely irrelevant.  Instead, one …

The China in Africa Podcast: U.S. vs. Chinese Approaches to Aid in Africa
May 24, 2010 | 2 Comments
The China in Africa Podcast: U.S. vs. Chinese Approaches to Aid in Africa

The idea for this new podcast series was born from the constant frustration of talking with Western “development experts,” diplomats and aid workers in Africa. In every instance, Westerners were either strikingly ignorant of …

Question and Answers About Chinese People in South Africa
May 7, 2010 | 3 Comments
Question and Answers About Chinese People in South Africa

The Dutch-based new media organization Couscous Global recently posted an interesting little gem of a video on You Tube that asks young South Africans to express how they feel about the country’s Chinese population. It …

Chinese Aid in Africa: No Strings Attached
May 2, 2010 | 3 Comments
Chinese Aid in Africa: No Strings Attached

The Canadian Broadcast Corporation sent their Beijing correspondent to do some rather extensive reporting on the surge of Chinese investment in Africa. In contrast to much of the other recent coverage of the topic, Anthony …