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Hilary Clinton’s statement made in Nairobi regarding China’s role on the continent

There has been a great deal of comment in Africa about Hilary Clinton’s statement made in Nairobi regarding China’s role on the continent. Although she didn’t make the accusation directly, Secretary Clinton intimated that China was acting irresponsibly, without leaving anything behind for Africans. She then stated that no-one wanted […]

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Construction and Christianity

I was particularly interested to read in the Kenyan Daily Nation this week that Chinese Religious Affairs minister Wang Zuoan was in Kenya to “copy good practices” that could help the country grow Christianity. There is increasing engagement between China and Africa in cultural areas such as education and arts, […]

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In last week’s blog I looked at particular examples of bad press about the Chinese relationship, in accusations of poor workmanship, and in worker mistreatment. Both examples were drawn from the African press. While China is usually very popular among African governments, for whom Beijing is a strong and generous […]

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Influencing Media Perception

Last week the Economist magazine contained two articles on the China Africa relationship venturing that China needs to protect itself against a growing displeasure among ordinary Africans. While there have been many examples of poor working practices and even violence, Chinese actors tend not to protect themselves against criticism in […]

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Trade and Populism

This week’s blog will focus on the nature of Chinese trade with Africa, specifically on the allegations that China gives nothing back to the continent. This will be considered in relation to the populist politics of figures such as South Africa Julius Malema and Zambia’s Michael Sata, exploring their role […]

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The State and the CIF

Last week this blog discussed different implications of self interest, the potential for win-win and the resulting need for good governance. This week it will focus on the negative aspects of China in Africa and look to find where responsibility lies. The first stories featured this week are typical of […]

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Self interest, and hedging the bets

China’s interest in Africa is driven by various agendas. The difficulty in explaining the motive, cause or fault in Chinese investment lies in the complicated structure of Chinese involvement at the national, state, military and private level. China’s lack of transparency over its actions adds to this confusion, but a […]

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Environmental Impact

China’s experience of economic development has been closely tied with heavy environmental cost at home. China’s rivers and canals are often heavily polluted and much has been made of the smog which is a feature of all China’s large industrial cities. Over the past few years, somewhat catalysed by the […]

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Promises, expectations, and SEZs

Earlier this year China announced an enormous $10bn investment in Ghana after meetings with the government. These investment announcements have become a common theme in China’s visits to Africa, but increasingly they are not been taken at face value. China has been trading off the good will its sudden entrance […]

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Dams and Debt

China’s large hydro-power projects have been controversial in Africa. Large hydro-power dams provide renewable energy free of the cost of expensive fossil fuels, and can provide an enormous proportion of African countries’ energy needs. Electricity provision is a fundamental tool for broad economic development, and larger projects can provide electricity […]