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    Over the past 10 years Chinese leaders have made 79 official visits to 43 different African countries, according to new data from the Beijing-based consultancy Development Reimagined. Where the senior leadership goes offers some fascinating insights on China’s priorities in Africa. Hannah Ryder is the founder of Development Reimagined and led the research on Chinese ...

    The post [AUDIO] China’s leaders spend a lot of time in Africa, where they go may surprise you appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    Every year China’s two major legislative bodies convene for what is typically a rather boring, uneventful gathering to ratify the president’s agenda. This annual ritual, known commonly as the “Two Sessions,” is when the National People’s Congress, the mostly-rubber stamp parliament, convenes at the same time as the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a Communist Party-led ...

    The post [AUDIO] Why Africa should be watching political shifts in China appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    For much of the past twenty years, China’s strategy in Africa could easily be summarized in two words: invest and extract. Today, that is no longer the case as China’s agenda in Africa, and throughout much of the global south, has broadened significantly in pursuit of Beijing’s military, humanitarian and geopolitical interests. While investment and resource extraction ...

    The post [AUDIO] China-Africa Relations in the Xi Jinping Era appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    What should be on the agenda at this fall’s China-Africa summit Fifty-two African leaders will meet with their Chinese counterparts in Beijing this September for the triennial Forum on China Africa Cooperation summit. This fall’s FOCAC gathering comes at a critical time in the Sino-African relationship as Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) gains momentum, ...

    The post [AUDIO] What should be on the agenda at this fall’s China-Africa summit appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    Until just a few weeks, security had not been expected to be a major topic at the December Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in Johannesburg. In the span of just a few short weeks, terrorism and security issues will likely move close to the top of the agenda when Chinese president Xi Jinping meets with […]

    The post [AUDIO] Terrorism forces its way onto the China-Africa agenda appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    China’s lofty ambition to revive its ancient silk road trading routes is now becoming a reality. When complete, One Belt, One Road (OBOR), or the Maritime Silk Road as it is more commonly known, will connect China via rail and shipping links with major markets in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. Billions of […]

    The post [AUDIO] Africa’s role in China’s One Belt, One Road global trade strategy appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    Hooray! The Chinese government finally came to its senses and announced that after 2017 it will no longer be legal to sell or trade ivory. Today’s announcement was long overdue and highly anticipated, particularly among Western wildlife conservationists pegged a Chinese ivory ban as the last best hope to save what’s left of Africa’s rapidly shrinking elephant population. China […]

    The post China’s Plan To Ban Ivory Sales Will Not Save Africa’s Elephants appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    When Xi Jinping visited Donald Trump this week at the U.S. president’s Florida estate for their first face-to-face meeting, many of the photos of the two leaders together conveyed a sense of awkwardness. After all, Trump represents a new generation of volatile, populist western leaders that Xi may still be learning how to engage. For his part, Trump is also learning […]

    The post [AUDIO] Why U.S. & Chinese Foreign Policy Are More Alike Than You Might Think appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    This past New Year’s eve, just a few hours before midnight, one of Japan’s largest daily newspapers published a story that took a lot of people by surprise. The Japanese government, according to the report in Yomiuri Shimbun, quietly floated the idea of inviting its longtime Asian rival China to collaborate on development projects in […]

    The post Africa Emerges as New Front in Asia’s Power Politics appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    Over the past 10 years Chinese leaders have made 79 official visits to 43 different African countries, according to new data from the Beijing-based consultancy Development Reimagined. Where the senior leadership goes offers some fascinating insights on China’s priorities in Africa. Hannah Ryder is the founder of Development Reimagined and led the research on Chinese […]

    The post China’s leaders spend a lot of time in Africa, where they go may surprise you appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    Every year China’s two major legislative bodies convene for what is typically a rather boring, uneventful gathering to ratify the president’s agenda. This annual ritual, known commonly as the “Two Sessions,” is when the National People’s Congress, the mostly-rubber stamp parliament, convenes at the same time as the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a Communist Party-led […]

    The post Why Africa should be watching political shifts in China appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    For much of the past twenty years, China’s strategy in Africa could easily be summarized in two words: invest and extract. Today, that is no longer the case as China’s agenda in Africa, and throughout much of the global south, has broadened significantly in pursuit of Beijing’s military, humanitarian and geopolitical interests. While investment and resource extraction […]

    The post China-Africa Relations in the Xi Jinping Era appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    What should be on the agenda at this fall’s China-Africa summit Fifty-two African leaders will meet with their Chinese counterparts in Beijing this September for the triennial Forum on China Africa Cooperation summit. This fall’s FOCAC gathering comes at a critical time in the Sino-African relationship as Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) gains momentum, […]

    The post What should be on the agenda at this fall’s China-Africa summit appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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    China now a major player in the African aid business The politics of aid in Africa are rapidly changing. The United States and Europe are under considerable political and budgetary pressure to curtail their assistance programs, while China is now emerging as a big player in the development sector on the continent. China has spent an estimated […]

    The post China now a major player in the African aid business appeared first on The China Africa Project.


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