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A Behind the Scenes View of the Chinese in Africa
April 23, 2010 | No Comment
A Behind the Scenes View of the Chinese in Africa

For most outsiders, the Chinese operations in Africa run largely as an opaque mystery.  Seemingly every Western book or in-depth news article on the subject features the same complaint of not receiving any help from …

China in Africa: A Critique of Howard French’s “Empire” Article
April 16, 2010 | One Comment
China in Africa: A Critique of Howard French’s “Empire” Article

China is walking down the same path towards empire in Africa as the once former European powers did a century ago writes former New York Times Shanghai and Africa correspondent Howard French in a new …

China in Africa: the BBC’s Annoying Interview of Liu Guijin
April 11, 2010 | 2 Comments
China in Africa: the BBC’s Annoying Interview of Liu Guijin

It’s not often that senior Chinese officials make themselves available for interviews with the international media, especially in English.  So when I first heard that the BBC World Service’s “Business Today” radio program was to …

China in Africa: What’s on the Web This Week
April 5, 2010 | No Comment
China in Africa: What’s on the Web This Week

Made in Cameroon Another week, another set of major Chinese deals in sub-Saharan Africa.  Cameroon took the spotlight with an announcement that a Chinese bus manufacturer (still unknown but thought to be Kinglong United Automotive …

Rant: China Might Want to Consider Soft Power Too
March 17, 2010 | No Comment
Rant: China Might Want to Consider Soft Power Too

By any measure China’s awe inspiring embrace of Africa is impressive.  Let’s put aside the staggering financial statistics on how many billions of dollars Beijing is spreading across the continent or even the scale of …

The Chinese in Africa: What’s on the Web this Week
March 14, 2010 | No Comment
The Chinese in Africa: What’s on the Web this Week

Backlash Against the Chinese? The International Political Economy Zone blog highlights the growing tension in Namibia between local shop owners and the burgeoning Chinese presence there.  IPE Zone details the dilemma for many African …

The Chinese in Africa: Meet Mister Chen
March 12, 2010 | 2 Comments
The Chinese in Africa:  Meet Mister Chen

Scan the headlines about the Chinese in Africa and the predominant theme focuses almost exclusively on the infrastructure-for-natural resource deals.  The Chinese are signing multi-billion dollar oil and mineral deals up and down the continent …

The West’s Tragic Blindspot in Africa
March 7, 2010 | No Comment
The West’s Tragic Blindspot in Africa

I have been living in Kinshasa for almost three weeks now and since I landed here I’ve been asked countless times what I find the most interesting/bizarre/unusual about life in the Democratic Republic of the …

Pictures: China’s Infrastructure Building Machine Comes Home
February 28, 2010 | 2 Comments
Pictures:  China’s Infrastructure Building Machine Comes Home

The great Chinese infrastructure parade rolled right under my window and I jumped on the extremely rare opportunity to take some pictures of the operation.  This is quite exceptional in the DR Congo as it …

Message to the West: Just Open Your Eyes
February 28, 2010 | No Comment
Message to the West: Just Open Your Eyes

Living here in Kinshasa, it is immediately apparent that China’s engagement is re-shaping both the Democratic Republic of the Congo but the continent as a whole.    To anyone on the ground here, it should …