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Iron clad: mining partnerships with Chinese firms in West Africa
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Iron clad: mining partnerships with Chinese firms in West Africa

Partnerships between Chinese and western firms in West Africa could prove beneficial for companies and host governments, but only if the partners are a good fit In recent years there has been an increasing trend of western multinational companies turning to Chinese partners to seek investment. This is particularly evident in the […]

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Blog: Immigration. Blessing or curse?

An increasingly common complaint emanating from the African media is that Chinese immigrants in Africa are having a negative impact in their host economies. Recent studies suggest that the population of Chinese in Africa now stands at close to one million. The chief concern is that Chinese SMEs, often run […]

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Ghana’s opposition look to Zambia for election tactics

Recent events in Ghana point to an increasingly politicised relationship with China, reminiscent of the electoral conditions which brought Micheal Sata to the presidency in Zambia. The opposition NPP party who lost power in the previous election in 2008, seem to have learnt from Sata’s tactics in Zambia, and Akufo-Addo’s […]

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Blog: US Senate Committee hearing on China in Africa

Last week the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing on the implications of China’s role in Africa on US policy. Answering the senators questions were Dr. David Shinn, Dr. Deborah Brautigam (both of whom write regular blogs on China in Africa) and Stephen Hayes, president and CEO of the Corporate […]

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The Dalai Lama and South African Independence

Since early September the potential visit of the Dalai Lama to South Africa has stoked inward reflection as to Pretoria’s relationship with Beijing. Since the Tibetan leader’s visa was turned down, his disappointed host Desmond Tutu has been heavily critical of the ANC regime, and its disconnection with the values […]

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Discontent spreads after Sata victory

This week’s news makes painful reading for policy makers in Beijing. Much focus has been on the perception of a backlash against Chinese involvement across the continent. It is difficult to say whether news of Sata’s victory has catalysed the expression of disaffection for Chinese practices, or whether news sources […]

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Chinese crackdown on errant Chinese firms?

One suggestion I made in last week’s blog was that China might begin to do more to regulate smaller Chinese actors whose behaviour could serve to damage Beijing’s strategic interests. Ghana’s stable politics, relatively low corruption environment and new found oil wealth make the country an attractive partner for China. […]

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Sata wins, changes for China

Long-time opposition leader Michael Sata, was elected President of Zambia last week after elections generally judged to have been free and fair. While the focus has been on the implications for relations with China, it is important to first note that this was only the second incidence of a democratic […]

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China and the west work best together in Africa

As the vast archive of wiki-leaks material is digested and worked through, we are occasionally offered an interesting glimpse of the thinking of American policy makers. A story surfaced last week which showed that US policy makers are both suspicious and wary of China’s role in Africa, but beyond the […]