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Growing Closer

World Bank Head Robert Zoellick was in China last week discussing approaches to development, and how China’s economy might continue to grow, offering lessons for other growing regions. On this visit Zoellick also spoke about China’s potential to stimulate manufacturing industries in Africa. This has been a long standing interest […]

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Market Forces

In markets across Africa one is greeted by two major imports from China. First there are likely to be a huge number of products which have been designed and manufactured in China before being shipped over for sale across the continent. These goods are the same as those you will […]

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The China Brand

Unlike most companies investing in Africa, Chinese companies are inextricable from their country of origin. The successes and failures of Chinese companies are generally reported as being those of China itself as if Beijing had direct control over all Chinese businesses in Africa. For the Chinese government the China brand […]

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A Chinese led neo-ISI in Africa

A frequent refrain in the African media and civil society is that foreign actors must provide more than just resource extraction in Africa. In late May outgoing Busa CEO Jerry Vilakazi called for an increase in value added production creating employment. “The solution to Africa’s high levels of unemployment and poverty, […]

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China a force for peace in Sudan?

outh Sudan gained its independence on the 9th of July. A week earlier President al-Bashir of Northern Sudan was in China meeting with senior party figures. China has been Sudan’s most valued ally over the past 5 years as Beijing has shielded the North Sudanese leadership from criticism over conflict […]

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Informal Mining in Ghana

China’s gold rush: firms exploiting Ghanaian resources Last Monday China Africa News gained its first TV exposure commenting on the informal mining sector in Ghana and Chinese involvement there. The report focuses on the poor working conditions provided by Chinese companies, and the lack of added value for local communities.You […]

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Intervention and Respect

China’s relationship with North and South Sudan has been the subject of a great deal of scrutiny over the past decade. Beijing’s close relationship with North Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been used as a primary example of China’s support for pariah regimes. China is now heavily invested in both […]

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G8 summit

The G8 summit came and went last week and was a relatively low key affair. The meeting of ten of the most powerful economies in the world used to be an event of huge geopolitical significance. It is testament to the rise of countries such as China, India and Brazil […]

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China’s potential in agriculture

The major elements of China’s ‘miracle growth’ were the rural and agricultural improvements brought about through the Household Responsibility system. Put simply this scheme served to increase output from Chinese farms by allowing farmers to sell excess production on the market. In the case of China what was needed was an institutional […]